- Determination of speciation and solubility properties of radionuclides relevant to the environment
- Verification and validation of solubility and transport models for the above cases
- Characterization of particles in the environment relevant to the transport of radionuclides.
- Investigation of the transport process of radionuclides by particles in natural water.
- Bacterial diversity in water and soil environments contaminated with heavy metals and radionuclides:
a) Direct molecular DNA analysis (rep-APD, RISA, 16S-rDNA retrieval).
b) Characterization of natural bacterial isolates recovered from uranium mining waste piles and belonging to the genera Bacillus, Desulfovibrio, Leptospirillum, and Thiobacillus using ARDREA, RAPD, rep-APD, PFGE and 16S- and 23S-rDNA sequence analysis.
- Bacterial-metal interactions:
a) Biotransformation and bioaccumulation of heavy metals and radionucides by bacteria
b) Tolerance of bacteria to different heavy metals
c) Analysis of the genetic determinants responsible for the bacterial-metal interactions
d) S-layers of bacteria recovered from uranium mining waste piles: structure and metal clustering
- Interaction of eukaryotic cells with f-elements (radionuclides and heavy metals)
- Fungi, sponges, algae
- Microscopy: CLSM; REM; TEM
- Spectroscopy: LIS (TRLFS, LIPAS); XAS
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