Enhancement of metal bioleaching from contaminated sediment using silver ion

Shen Yi Chen, Jih-Gaw Lin*

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A silver-catalyzed bioleaching process was used to remove heavy metals from contaminated sediment in this study. The effects of silver concentration added on the performance of bioleaching process were investigated. High pH reduction rate was observed in the bioleaching process with silver ion. The silver ion added in the bioleaching process was incorporated into the lattice of the initial sulfide through a cationic interchange reaction. This resulted in the short lag phase and high metal solubilization in the bioleaching process. The maximum pH reduction rate and the ideal metal solubilization were obtained in the presence of 30 mg/L of silver ion. When the added silver ion was greater than 30 mg/L, the rates of pH reduction and metal solubilization gradually decreased. The solubilization efficiencies of heavy metals (Cu, Zn, Mn, Ni and Cr) were relatively high in the silver-enhanced bioleaching process, except Pb. No apparent effect of silver ion on the growth of sulfur-oxidizing bacteria was found in the bioleaching. These results indicate that the kinetics of metal solubilization can be enhanced by the addition of silver ion.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)893-899
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Hazardous Materials
Issue number2-3
StatePublished - 30 Jan 2009


  • Bioleaching
  • Catalyst
  • Contaminated sediment
  • Heavy metal
  • Silver ion

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