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The Versatile Roles of Sulfate-Reducing Bacteria for Uranium Bioremediation

Abstract Uranium (U) contamination has been attracting public concern, and many researchers are investigating principles and applications of U remediation. The overall goal of my research is to understand the versatile roles of sulfate-reducing bacteria (SRB) in uranium bioremediation, including direct involvement (reducing U) and indirect involvement (protecting U reoxidation). I pursue this goal by studying Desulfovibro vuglaris, a representative SRB. For direct involvement, I performed experiments on uranium bioreduction and uraninite (UO2) production in batch tests and in a H2-based membrane biofilm reactor (MBfR) inoculated with D. vuglaris. In summary, D. vuglaris was able to immobilize soluble U(VI) by enzymatically reducing it to insoluble U... (more)
Created Date 2014
Contributor Zhou, Chen (Author) / Rittmann, Bruce E (Advisor) / Krajmalnik-Brown, Rosa (Committee member) / Torres, César I (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Environmental engineering
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 160 pages
Language English
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Note Ph.D. Civil and Environmental Engineering 2014
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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