Relationship between selenium removal efficiency and production of lipid and hydrogen by Chlorella vulgaris

Xinyu Gan, Jung Chen Huang, Chuanqi Zhou, Shengbing He, Weili Zhou

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In our previous studies, Chlorella vulgaris had proven highly efficient in removing selenium (Se) from water, while the disposal of Se containing in algal biomass was still an issue of concern. Firstly, this research suggests algal Se could be released back to water, posing risks to aquatic wildlife. Thus, we further explored the possibility of using C. vulgaris to remove Se and produce lipid and hydrogen simultaneously. Our results show the higher percentage of saturated fatty acids, especially palmitic acid, was found in the sulfur (S) deprived algae exposed to either selenate or selenite, although the highest lipid content (21.9%) was found in the selenite treated algae in full BG11 medium. In addition, compared with the Se free algae, hydrogen production rate was 2.1- and 4.3-fold higher for the selenate and selenite treated algae, respectively. Se removal efficiency achieved by the selenite treated algae through accumulation and volatilization was 2.3-fold higher than the selenate treatment under hypoxic condition with S deprived, which is in contrast to the results obtained under aerobic conditions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)825-832
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Feb

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Pollution
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis


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