Vaccine production effluents are strongly polluted with thiomersal, a highly toxic organomercurial compound, for which there is presently no remediation technology available. This work describes a new remediation process based on the extraction of thiomersal from the wastewater to a biological compartment, where it is degraded by a microbial strain. The selective extraction of thiomersal is achieved by using an ionic liquid immobilized in a porous membrane. In the biological compartment, thiomersal is degraded to metallic mercury, under aerobic conditions, by a Pseudomonas putida strain. The utilization of ionic liquids in supported liquid membranes for thiomersal transport, and the kinetics of thiomersal biodegradation by a Pseudomonas putida strain are presented and discussed.
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Communications In Agricultural And Applied Biological Sciences|
|Issue number||2 Pt A|
|Publication status||Published - 2003|
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