Different experiments about the accumulation capacity for copper and zinc were carried out on the marine microalgae Nannochloropsis gaditana Lubián (Eustigmatophyceae). A 24-hour study of the evolution of accumulated metal in the beads revealed two possible accumulation phases. Accumulation differences between free and immobilized microalgal cells were investigated finding no differences for copper, and little differences for zinc. Free cells accumulated practically 100% Cu or Zn in the media under experimental conditions. Experiments in order to compare the accumulation capacity of living vs. dead cells were designed too, obtaining the largest accumulation levels for both metals in the beads containing immobilized living microalgae. In experiments carried out in continuous-flow reactors, beads with entrapped cells showed to be more efficient removing Cu and Zn than beads without cells. In all the experiments, the calcium alginate beads showed strong affinity for Cu. Similar results were obtained when accumulation by packed beads in columns was tested, but efficacy was higher if this design was used (beads with cells retain 80% of Cu introduced in the column).
|Translated title of the contribution||Cu and Zn accumulation by calcium alginate immobilized marine microalgal cells of Nannochloropsis gaditana (Eustigmatophyceae)|
|Number of pages||13|
|Publication status||Published - 2002|
- Heavy metal accumulation
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Aquatic Science