Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry

, Volume 318, Issue 2, pp 1151–1160 | Cite as

Removal of radionuclide U(VI) from aqueous solution by the resistant fungus Absidia corymbifera

  • Lei Liu
  • Zexin Zhang
  • Wencheng SongEmail author
  • Yannan Chu


The fungus Absidia corymbifera was isolated from the contaminated soils. Its bioaccumulation properties to radioactive U(VI) were analyzed by investigating dose of biosorbents, temperature, solution pH, ionic strength and contact time. The bioaccumulation mechanism was evaluated by using SEM, FTIR and XPS. The equilibrium data was consistent with the Langmuir model, and the kinetic data was well fitted by the pseudo-second-order. Meanwhile the maximum bioaccumulation capacity can reach 46.5 mg/g in pH 6.0 aqueous solution at 298 K. This study indicated that Absidia corymbifera could be used as a potential biosorbent for efficient removal of radionuclides like U(VI).


Radionuclide Bioaccumulation Absidia corymbifera Removal 



This study was supported by the Natural Science Foundation of China (21607156), and China Postdoctoral Science Foundation funded Project (2015M581047). The authors thank the anonymous reviewers for their comments and the Testing Center of Hefei University of Technology for the help with XPS and SEM analysis.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Anhui Province Key Laboratory of Medical Physics and Technology, Center of Medical Physics and Technology, Hefei Institutes of Physical ScienceChinese Academy of ScienceHefeiPeople’s Republic of China
  2. 2.University of Science and Technology of ChinaHefeiPeople’s Republic of China
  3. 3.School of Resource and Environmental EngineeringHefei University of TechnologyHefeiPeople’s Republic of China

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