Bacteria form tellurium nanocrystals

Industrial Bioprocessing


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A team of researchers have found two bacterial species that produce tellurium oxyanions as respiratory electron acceptors for growth, leaving elemental tellurium in the form of nanoparticles. The crystals from the two organisms exhibit distinctively different structures. Bacillus selenitireducens initially forms nanorods that cluster together to form rosettes. Sulfurospirillum barnesii forms irregularly-shaped nanospheres that coalesce into larger composite aggregates.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Bacteria form tellurium nanocrystals
Series title Industrial Bioprocessing
Volume 29
Issue 3
Year Published 2007
Language English
Larger Work Type Article
Larger Work Subtype Journal Article
Larger Work Title Industrial Bioprocessing
First page 5