Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology

, Volume 45, Issue 1, pp 871–879 | Cite as

A new biomaterial, hen egg shell membrane, to eliminate heavy metal ion from their dilute waste solution

  • Kyozo Suyama
  • Yoshitaka Fukazawa
  • Yoshiyaki Umetsu
Session 5 Environmental Biotechnology


The egg shell membrane (ESM) is an intricate lattice network of stable and water-insoluble fibers with high surface area. ESM accumulates and eliminates various heavy metal ions from dilute aqueous solution with high affinity and in short contact time, depending on pH and characteristics of the individual ion. Under certain conditions, the level of precious ions, Au, Pt, and Pd accumulation approaches 55, 25, and 22% of dry wt of ESM, respectively. Also uranium uptake 30% of that of ESM. Experiments suggested that ESM is promising to use for the purpose of removal/recovery of metals and water pollution control.

Index Entries

Egg shell membrane metal ion biosorption 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kyozo Suyama
    • 1
  • Yoshitaka Fukazawa
    • 1
  • Yoshiyaki Umetsu
    • 2
  1. 1.Laboratory of Molecular Technology of Animal Products, Faculty of AgricultureTohoku UniversitySendaiJapan
  2. 2.Institute for Advanced Materials ProcessingTohoku UniversitySendaiJapan

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