Pentachlorophenol (PCP) is an extremely dangerous pollutant for every ecosystem. In this study we have detected how PCP concentration and pH levels can influence PCP adsorption by Anthracophyllum discolor in the form of live fungal pellets. PCP adsorption was evaluated after 24 hours in KCl 0.1 M electrolyte solution with initial PCP concentrations of 5 and 10 mg L1 and with pH values between 4 and 9 (at intervals of 0.5). Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR) was used to identify functional groups of fungal biomass that can interact with PCP. The amount of PCP that was adsorbed by A. discolor was >80% at pH values between 5 and 5.5, whatever the concentration tested. PCP adsorption significantly decreased in liquid medium of pH > 6.0. FTIR results showed that amides, alkanes, carboxylates, carboxyl and hydroxyl groups may be important to the PCP adsorption for pellets of A. discolor. Live fungal pellets of A. discolor may be used as a natural biosorbent for liquid solutions contaminated by PCP.

Biosorption of pentachlorophenol by Anthracophyllum discolor in the form of live fungal pellets

BOSSO, LUCIANO;LACATENA, FEDERICA;CRISTINZIO, GENNARO;
2014

Abstract

Pentachlorophenol (PCP) is an extremely dangerous pollutant for every ecosystem. In this study we have detected how PCP concentration and pH levels can influence PCP adsorption by Anthracophyllum discolor in the form of live fungal pellets. PCP adsorption was evaluated after 24 hours in KCl 0.1 M electrolyte solution with initial PCP concentrations of 5 and 10 mg L1 and with pH values between 4 and 9 (at intervals of 0.5). Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR) was used to identify functional groups of fungal biomass that can interact with PCP. The amount of PCP that was adsorbed by A. discolor was >80% at pH values between 5 and 5.5, whatever the concentration tested. PCP adsorption significantly decreased in liquid medium of pH > 6.0. FTIR results showed that amides, alkanes, carboxylates, carboxyl and hydroxyl groups may be important to the PCP adsorption for pellets of A. discolor. Live fungal pellets of A. discolor may be used as a natural biosorbent for liquid solutions contaminated by PCP.
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