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Use of serospecific biocarrier compositions for enhanced biodegradation and bioremediation of groundwater

United States Patent

5,976,867
November 2, 1999
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A composition and method for using the composition for degrading pollutants in-situ. The composition comprises a biocarrier coated with an antigen-specific antibody that attracts and binds pollution-degrading antigens. The biocarrier, which is preferably in the form of glass microspheres, is coated with one or more strains of antibody. The antibody may be placed into the ground in or near the source of pollutants where it may attract antigens present and bind them, or the antibodies may be first exposed to the antigens and then placed in the ground. Alternatively, the coated biocarriers may be used to degrade pollutants in ground water pumped to the surface and through a biofilter containing the biocarriers. The remediated groundwater can then be returned to the soil.
Fliermans; Carl B. (Augusta, GA)
The United States of America as represented by the Department of Energy (Washington, DC)
08/ 583,151
December 28, 1995
The United States Government has rights in this invention pursuant to Contract No. DE-AC09-88SR18035 between the U.S. Department of Energy (D.O.E.) and Westinghouse Savannah River Company.