Removal of copper and uranium from contaminated waters in biosorption columns

K. Steudel, G. Horak, S. Willscher, W. Pompe, P. Werner

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It was the aim of this work to investigate the sorption characteristics of the Biocer material that consists of cells of Bacillus sphaericus that are immobilised on a ceramic carrier material, performing column experiments with model waters and real mine drainage waters from a U remediation site in East Germany. In column experiments a nearly quantitative sorption of Cu2+ was performed from solutions of different Cu2+ concentrations and at different flow rates. The desorption of the Cu2+ in the columns was nearly quantitative in a very short time. The columns could be regenerated 16 times without a substantial loss of the sorption capacity of the material. In experiments with U using real drainage waters, a specific U sorption capacity of 2.34 mg/g was determined. By variation of the experimental parameters, the long-term stability and sorption properties of the Biocer columns can be substantially improved.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBiohydrometallurgy
Subtitle of host publicationFrom the Single Cell to the Environment
PublisherTrans Tech Publications
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)0878494529, 9780878494521
Publication statusPublished - 2007
Externally publishedYes
Event17th International Biohydrometallurgy Symposium, IBS 2007 - Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Duration: Sept 2 2007Sept 5 2007

Publication series

NameAdvanced Materials Research
ISSN (Print)1022-6680


Other17th International Biohydrometallurgy Symposium, IBS 2007
CityFrankfurt am Main


  • Biocer material
  • Biosorption of Cu and U
  • Column experiments

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering


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