Evaluation of two types of polyurethane for the immobilisation of Rhizopus oryzae for copper uptake


Alhakawati, M.S., Banks, C.J. and Smallman, D.J. (2003) Evaluation of two types of polyurethane for the immobilisation of Rhizopus oryzae for copper uptake. Water Science and Technology, 47, (9), 143-150.

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Previous studies have shown that Rhizopus oryzae strain IM 057412 grown in reticulated polyurethane foam demonstrated the same heavy metal adsorption capacity as the free biomass. Immobilisation in other types of polymers was shown to reduce the biomass uptake capacity because of mass transfer limitations due to the restricted porosity of the immobilisation matrices. For practical purposes the growing of biomass in polyurethane support particles to use as a commercial adsorbent is not viable or financially sound. The current work describes a different approach in which dried non-viable cells of R. Oryzae were incorporated into two types of polyurethane carrier matrix during the production process.

Item Type: Article
ISSNs: 0273-1223 (print)
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Subjects: T Technology > TD Environmental technology. Sanitary engineering
Q Science > QR Microbiology
Divisions: University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Civil Engineering and the Environment
ePrint ID: 46290
Date Deposited: 15 Jun 2007
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 18:30
Contact Email Address: cjb@soton.ac.uk
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/46290

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