Microchimica Acta

, 186:355 | Cite as

A magnetized fungal solid-phase extractor for the preconcentrations of uranium(VI) and thorium(IV) before their quantitation by ICP-OES

  • Ersin KılınçEmail author
  • Sadin Özdemir
  • M. Serkan YalçınEmail author
  • Mustafa Soylak
Original Paper


The fungus Bovista plumbea immobilized on γ-Fe2O3 nanoparticles is shown to be a novel sorbent for magnetic solid-phase extractions of U(VI) and Th(IV). The biosorbent was characterized by FT-IR, SEM, and EDX. The effects of pH value, flow rate and volume of sample, amounts of biomass and support material, eluent type, foreign ions and repeated use of the sorbent on extraction efficiency were investigated. The sorption capacities are 41 and 44 mg g−1, respectively, for U(VI) and Th(IV). The results indicated that B. plumbea immobilized onto γ-Fe2O3 nanoparticles can be utilized as a novel material for the preconcentrations of U(VI) and Th(IV) in certified materials and in spiked tap, river and lake waters.

Graphical abstract

Schematic presentation of a method for preconcentrations of Th(IV) and U(VI) ions using γ-Fe2O3 nanoparticles loaded with the fungus Bovista plumbea.


Magnetic solid phase extraction Uranium Thorium Preconcentration Bovista plumbea 



The authors thank to Technology Research & Application Center (TAUM), Erciyes University, Kayseri-Turkey for SEM and FTIR Analysis.

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The author(s) declare that they have no competing interests.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Chemistry and Chemical Processing Technologies, Technical Science Vocational SchoolDicle UniversityDiyarbakırTurkey
  2. 2.Food Processing Programme, Technical Science Vocational SchoolMersin UniversityMersinTurkey
  3. 3.Department of Chemical and Chemical Processing Technologies, Technical Science Vocational SchoolMersin UniversityMersinTurkey
  4. 4.Department of Chemistry, Faculty of SciencesErciyes UniversityKayseriTurkey
  5. 5.Technology Research & Application Center (TAUM)Erciyes UniversityKayseriTurkey

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