Weekes, Suzanne L.
A model for metal bioremediation in groundwater is constructed. The mathematical model accounts for (i) the chemical processes that eventually render biomass inactive (ii) the toxicity of metal to biomass, and (iii) transport by groundwater. Numerical simulations of the reaction-convection-diffusion equations are carried out via an operator splitting method. The results of the model are compared to a structurally similar model for organic bioremediation. We find that metal cleanup differs significantly from organic cleanup due to the unique mechanisms involved.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
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