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Biosorption of heavy metals by distillery-derived biomass

Bustard, M and McHale, Anthony (1998) Biosorption of heavy metals by distillery-derived biomass. BIOPROCESS ENGINEERING, 19 (5). pp. 351-353. [Journal article]

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Biomass derived from the Old Bushmill's Distillery Co. Ltd., Northern Ireland was harvested and examined for its ability to function as a biosorbent for metals such as Cu, Zn, Fe, Pb and Ag. Binding studies were carried out using biosorption isotherm analysis. Although the material had previously been shown to be capable of efficient U biosorption, its affinity for Cu, Zn, Fe was lower. However, binding studies with Pb demonstrated that it had a maximum biosorption capacity for that metal of 189 mg/g dry weight of the biomass. In addition, the biomass exhibited a maximum biosorption capacity of 59 mg/g dry weight for Ag and this compared very favourably with previously quoted values for other industrial sources of Saccharomyces cerevisiae. On the basis of the biosorption isotherm analyses carried out in this study, preference for this series of metals by the biomass was found to be Pb > U > Ag > Zn greater than or equal to Fe > Cu.

Item Type:Journal article
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Science
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Research Institutes and Groups:Biomedical Sciences Research Institute
Biomedical Sciences Research Institute > Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences
ID Code:3993
Deposited By: Professor Anthony McHale
Deposited On:18 Dec 2009 11:34
Last Modified:04 Dec 2012 11:35

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