Desulfurization of Low Sulfur Coal by it Acidianus brierleyi: Effects of Microbial Treatment on the Properties of Coal

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The effect of microbial desulfurization of two different low-sulfur coals by the thermophilic archaebacteria Acidianus brierleyi was studied with respect to the following properties of the coal: porosity, surface area, pore diameter, particle size, heating value, proximate and ultimate analyses as well as ash composition. About 35-40 percent of the sulfur was oxidized microbially. The microbial treatment only had a slight or negligible effect on most properties. Significant increases were seen with respect to oxygen content and volatile matter for one of the coals. The ash content had a significant increase in phosphorus which originated from the growth medium. Furthermore, jarosite formation was significant, especially for one of the coals investigated. For the same coal a large increase in porosity was seen and the surface area decreased significantly at the same time.


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  • Industrial Biotechnology
  • Chemical Engineering
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)83-93
JournalFuel Processing Technology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1993
Publication categoryResearch