Copper biosorption from an aqueous solution by the dead biomass of Penicillium ochrochloron

  • Ellen Cristina Miranda LacerdaEmail author
  • Marcela dos Passos Galluzzi Baltazar
  • Tatiana Alves dos Reis
  • Claudio Augusto Oller do Nascimento
  • Benedito Côrrea
  • Luciana Jandelli Gimenes


The present study investigated the effect of contact time, the initial concentration of metal ions, and the biomass dose on the Cu(II) biosorption from an aqueous solution using dead biomass of filamentous fungus Penicillium ochrochloron, which was isolated at the Sossego mine, a copper-contaminated site located in Canaã dos Carajás city, Brazil. The Cu(II) biosorption started rapidly and increased gradually until the equilibrium was reached at 20 min. The Cu(II) uptake decreased as the initial Cu(II) concentration increased, reaching the saturation at 200 mg/L. The Cu(II) biosorption was considerably higher using 0.2 g than 0.5 g of the biomass in 50 mL of solution. The average biosorption capacity of Cu(II) was 7.53 mg/g and the maximum Cu(II) removal 75.0%. The Freundlich and Langmuir isotherm models adequately described the adsorption data. Our results evidenced that the dead biomass of P. ochrochloron has a great potential as a biosorbent to remove copper from an aqueous solution. Therefore, it could be explored for the development of the environmental recovery process.


Bioremediation Copper removal Filamentous fungi Isotherm models Metal adsorption 



This study was financially supported by Vale S.A., “Banco Nacional de Desenvolvimento Econômico e Social” and “Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior”.

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The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ellen Cristina Miranda Lacerda
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    Email author
  • Marcela dos Passos Galluzzi Baltazar
    • 3
    • 4
  • Tatiana Alves dos Reis
    • 2
  • Claudio Augusto Oller do Nascimento
    • 3
    • 4
  • Benedito Côrrea
    • 2
  • Luciana Jandelli Gimenes
    • 1
    • 3
  1. 1.Programa de Pós-Graduação Interunidades em BiotecnologiaUniversidade de São Paulo, Instituto Butantan, Instituto de Pesquisas TecnológicasSão PauloBrazil
  2. 2.Laboratório de Micotoxinas, Departamento de Microbiologia, Instituto de Ciências BiomédicasUniversidade de São PauloSão PauloBrazil
  3. 3.Centro de Capacitação e Pesquisa em Meio AmbienteUniversidade de São Paulo, CEPEMA-POLI-USPCubatãoBrazil
  4. 4.Departamento de Engenharia QuímicaUniversidade de São Paulo, POLI-USPSão PauloBrazil

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