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Microbial oxidation of Fe2+ and Pyrite Exposed to Flux of Micromolar H2O2 in Acidic Media

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posted on 2022-12-01, 04:16 authored by Y Ma, Chu Xia LinChu Xia Lin
At an initial pH of 2, while abiotic oxidation of aqueous Fe2+ was enhanced by a flux of H2O2 at micromolar concentrations, bio-oxidation of aqueous Fe2+ could be impeded due to oxidative stress/damage in Acidithiobacillus ferrooxidans caused by Fenton reaction-derived hydroxyl radical, particularly when the molar ratio of Fe 2+ to H2O2 was low. When pyrite cubes were intermittently exposed to fluxes of micromolar H2O2, the reduced Fe2+-Fe 3+ conversion rate in the solution (due to reduced microbial activity) weakened the Fe 3+-catalyzed oxidation of cubic pyrite and added to relative importance of H2O2-driven oxidation in the corrosion of mineral surfaces for the treatments with high H 2O2 doses. This had effects on reducing the build-up of a passivating coating layer on the mineral surfaces. Cell attachment to the mineral surfaces was only observed at the later stage of the experiment after the solutions became less favorable for the growth of planktonic bacteria. © 2013 Macmillan Publishers Limited. All rights reserved.

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Scientific Reports

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3

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2045-2322

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C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

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