Quantitative NME microscopy of iron transport in methanogenic aggregates

F.J. Vergeldt, J. Bartacek, E. Gerkema, B. Osuma, J.G.M. Philippi, P. Lens, H. van As

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Transport of micronutrients (iron, cobalt, nickel, etc.) within biofilms matrixes such as methanogenic granules is of high importance, because these are either essential or toxic for the microorganisms living inside the biofilm. The present study demonstrates quantitative measurements of metal transport inside these biofilms using T1 weighted 3D RARE. It is shown that iron(II)-EDTA diffusion within the granule is independent of direction or the inner structure of the granules. Assuming position dependence of the spin-lattice relaxivity, Fick’s law for diffusion in a sphere can be applied to simulate the diffusion within the methanogenic granules under investigation. A relatively low diffusion coefficient of 2.5*10-11 m2·s-1 was obtained for iron diffusion within the methanogenic granule
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)31.1-31.4
JournalDiffusion Fundamentals
Publication statusPublished - 2009


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