Kmiotek, Stephen J.
The goal of the project was to identify organic compounds within the agromining solution of non-incinerated Alyssum murale and Leptoplax emarginata biomasses, and assess their affinity to complex with nickel. Through the use of fluorescence spectroscopy, the team identified the presence of the compound indole, which is likely attached to glucosinolate. In addition, the team detected the presence of two other organic compounds but an identification of the organic compounds was not made. The small sample size prevented our team from drawing any correlations between the organic compounds and their ability to complex with nickel. Further testing is needed in order to determine if there are any correlations between the identified compounds and nickel recovery.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Major Qualifying Project
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