Biogenic uraninite nanoparticles and their importance for uranium remediation

John R. Bargar, Rizlan Bernier-Latmani, Daniel E. Giammar, Bradley M. Tebo

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Biogenic uraninite is of interest to geoscientists for its importance to bioremediation strategies, remarkably small particle size, and biological origin. Recent studies have begun to illuminate the chemical/ structural complexities of this important natural nanomaterial. Intriguingly, in spite of its incredibly diminutive size, the molecular-scale structure, energetics, and surface-area-normalized dissolution rates of hydrated biogenic uraninite appear to be similar to those of coarser- particle, abiotic, stoichiometric UO2. These findings have important implications for the role of size as a moderator of nanoparticle aqueous reactivity and for the bioremediation of subsurface U (VI) contamination.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)407-412
Number of pages6
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • Biogenic uraninite
  • Bioremediation
  • Dissolution
  • Microbial uranium reduction
  • Uraninite

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geochemistry and Petrology
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences (miscellaneous)


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