Biosorption of chromium (VI) from aqueous solutions onto fungal biomass Article uri icon


  • The biosorption of chromium (VI) on eighteen different natural biosorbents: Natural sediment, chitosan, chitin, Aspergillus flavus I-V, Aspergillus fumigatus I-II, Helmintosporium sp, Cladosporium sp, Mucor rouxii mutant, M. rouxii IM-80, Mucor sp-1 and 2, Candida albicans and Cryptococcus neoformans was studied in this work. It was found that the biomass of C. neoformans, natural sediment, Helmintosporium sp and chitosan was more efficient to remove chromium (VI) (determined spectrophotometrically at 540 nm using diphenylcarbazide as the complexing agent) achieving the following percentage of removals: 98%25, 98%25 and 63%25, respectively. The highest adsorption was obtained with C. neoformans and Helmintosporium sp at pH= 2.0 and 4.0 %2b / - 0.2, respectively, at 28°C after 24 hours of incubation, with 0.2 mg/L of cellular biomass.

publication date

  • 2004-01-01