Interactions of microbial exopolymers with actinides

Johnson, Mitchell T.; Chitwood, Dawn J.; He, Lee; Neu, Mary P.
July 2000
AIP Conference Proceedings;2000, Vol. 532 Issue 1, p286
Academic Journal
The development of viable bioremediation strategies for radionuclide contaminated soils, sediments and ground waters at DOE sites is a formidable challenge. Ubiquitous microorganisms can absorb, oxidize, reduce and/or precipitate actinides and thereby affect the speciation, solubility, bioavailability, and migration of these toxic metals. Actinides can interact directly with microorganisms, i.e., via sorption to the cell wall, and indirectly via reaction with their byproducts, such as extracellular polymers. However, very little is known about the fundamental chemistry of any microbial-actinide interactions or their impact on environmental processes. Our goal is to fully characterize specific microbial-actinide interactions and determine how they may be exploited to effect environmental actinide mobility/immobility and remediation efforts. © 2000 American Institute of Physics.


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