Application of Nanoscale Zero-valent Iron particles in dechlorination or a Recalcitrant Xenobiotic- polychlorinated Biphenyl and perchloroethlene.

Prof. S. RD Information Under Updation*

  • Project code : BT/PR9011/NNT/28/15/2007
  • Designation : N/A
  • Department :Department of Molecular Microbiology
  • Affiliation : Madurai Kamaraj University
  • Email Id :jsolomon@mrna.tn.nic.in
  • Sanctioned Amt :Rs. 39,70,064/-
  • Sanctioned Date :2007-05-17
  • Completion Date :2012-05-17
  • Web Url : N/A
  • Project Status :Completed

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Objectives of the Study

1. To study the contamination of PCB and PCE in different sources, possible contaminated sites and animal tissues in those areas. 
2. To isolate and characterize the efficient PCB and PCE degrading microorganisms (both aerobic and anaerobic) by enrichment culture technique. 
3. To prepare the nanoscale zerovalent iron particles coated with zinc at laboratory scale and characterize them.
4. To study the susceptibility of different PCB congeners and PCE to degradation by nanoscale zero- valent iron particles coated with zinc and characterize the metabolites formed.

Proposed outcomes of the study

The proposed study would help in developing a strategy for remediation of PCB and PCE contaminated sites using nanotechnology. The efficiency of nano particles in degradation of PCB and PCE together with PCB and PCE degrading microbes in the environment will be predicted using the microcosm developed in the environmental chamber. this study also would explore the behavior of the chosen antiparticle in the simulated environmental conditions before producing in large scale and applying in the PCB and PCE contaminated sites. so the results or strategies coming out of this project can be applied in remediation of PCB and PCE contaminated sites. this study will also look into other possible chlorinated compounds susceptible to dechlorination by nanoscale zero-valent iron particles.

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