Tsuyoshi Hirajima

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The extremely acidophilic, Fe(III)-reducing heterotrophic bacterium Acidocella aromatica strain PFBC was tested for its potential utility in bioreduction of highly toxic heavy metal, hexavalent chromium, Cr(VI). During its aerobic growth on fructose at pH 2.5, 20 µM Cr(VI) was readily reduced to Cr(III), achieving the final Cr(VI) concentration of 0.4 µM(More)
The adhesion behavior of Ferroplasma acidiphilum archaeon to pyrite mineral was investigated experimentally and theoretically. F. acidiphilum showed high affinity to adhere to pyrite surface at acidic regions, however low affinity was observed at neutral and alkaline regions. The microbe-mineral adhesion was assessed by the extended DLVO theory. Hamaker(More)
The adhesion of Escherichia coli onto quartz, hematite and corundum was experimentally investigated. A strain of E. coli was used that had the genes for expressing protein for silica precipitation. The maximum cell adhesion was observed at pH <4.3 for quartz and at pH 4.5-8.5 for corundum. For hematite, cell adhesion remained low at all pH values. The(More)
An electrode system to study the mechanism of fine microgram powder sulfide mineral dissolution was developed by using a relatively simple method that enables the attachment of micrograms of fine powder to a platinum plate surface. This system yields highly reproducible results and is sensitive compared with conventional electrode systems for various(More)
Hydrocalumite (Ca-Al-layered double hydroxide (LDH)) was prepared and applied for the removal of borate. The properties of Ca-Al-LDH calcined at different temperatures were diverse, which affected the sorption density and mechanism of boron species. The sorption density increased with increase in calcined temperature and the sample calcined at 900°C(More)
Effective immobilization of boron in groundwater is a major challenge. Permeable reactive barrier (PRB) column tests for removal of borate have been investigated using MgO agglomerates as the primary reactive material over 40 weeks. Additionally, saw dust was also blended with MgO agglomerates to facilitate for borate removal in this system. Boron(More)