546-0993/01 – Alternative methods of metal removal and recovery (AMOK)

Gurantor departmentDepartment of Environmental EngineeringCredits10
Subject guarantordoc. Mgr. Eva Pertile, Ph.D.Subject version guarantordoc. Mgr. Eva Pertile, Ph.D.
Study levelpostgraduateRequirementChoice-compulsory type B
YearSemesterwinter + summer
Study languageCzech
Year of introduction2020/2021Year of cancellation
Intended for the facultiesHGFIntended for study typesDoctoral
Instruction secured by
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PER34 doc. Mgr. Eva Pertile, Ph.D.
Extent of instruction for forms of study
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Full-time Examination 20+0
Part-time Examination 20+0

Subject aims expressed by acquired skills and competences

The aim of the course is to lead students to understand the biochemical and biological basis of biotechnological processes and to deepen students' readiness to solve contamination problems within individual components of the environment by selected alternative methods of contaminant removal. KNOWLEDGE PROVEN AFTER COMPLETING THE COURSE: Acquisition of basic knowledge about alternative methods of removing contaminants from the environment and their recovery. SKILLS PROVEN AFTER COMPLETING THE COURSE: Gaining the competence to work in companies dealing with remediation methods, treatment of minerals. They will be able to plan and appropriately apply alternative methods in practice.

Teaching methods

Individual consultations


The course is focused on new alternative technologies that offer advantageous ways of removing and recovering hazardous substances from the environment. Biosorption and bioremediation are becoming increasingly important as alternative technologies for removing contaminants (heavy metals, problematic organic compounds) from the environment. It offers an effective, non-destructive and inexpensive way to remove contaminants. Emphasis is placed not only on explaining the principles of individual alternative methods but especially on the possibilities of their use in practice.

Compulsory literature:

KANAMARLAPUDI, S.L.R.K., V.K. CHINTALPUDI and S. MUDDADA. Application of Biosorption for Removal of Heavy Metals from Wastewater. DERCO, Jan a Branislav VRANA, ed. Biosorption. InTech, 2018, 2018-07-18. DOI: 10.5772/intechopen.77315. ISBN 978-1-78923-472-5. AKSU, Z. Application of biosorption for the removal of organic pollutants: a review. Process Biochemistry. 2005, 40(3-4), 997-1026. DOI: 10.1016/j.procbio.2004.04.008. ISSN 13595113. PERTILE, E. Using Low Cost Materials for Removal of Cr(VI) from Aqueous Environment. První. Košice: Technická univerzita v Košice, 2014. ISBN 978-80-553-1844-8. VOLESKY, B. Sorption and Biosorption. BV-Sorbex, Inc. St. Lambert, Quebec, Canada. 2003. ISBN 0-9732983-0-8.

Recommended literature:

GUPTA, R., R. K. SAXENA, H. MOHAPATRA and P. AHUJA. Microbial variables for bioremediation of heavy metals from industrial effluents. Biotransformations - Bioremediation Technology for Health and Environmental Protection. Elsevier, 2002, 189-229. Progress in Industrial Microbiology. DOI: 10.1016/S0079-6352(02)80012-1. ISBN 9780444509970. AZIMI, A., A. AZARI, M. REZAKAZEMI and M. ANSARPOUR. Removal of Heavy Metals from Industrial Wastewaters: A Review. ChemBioEng Reviews. 2017, 4(1), 37-59. DOI: 10.1002/cben.201600010. ISSN 21969744. DE GISI, S., G. LOFRANO, Mariangela GRASSI a Michele NOTARNICOLA (2016). Characteristics and adsorption capacities of low-cost sorbents for wastewater treatment: A review. Sustainable Materials and Technologies. 2016, 9, 10-40. DOI: 10.1016/j.susmat.2016.06.002. ISSN 22149937. AYALA, J., FERNANDEZ, B. Removal of zinc, cadmium and nickel from mining waste leachate using walnut shells. Environmental Protection Engineering. 2019. 45(2), 141-158. DOI: 10.5277/epe190210.

Way of continuous check of knowledge in the course of semester

regular contact with the teacher at individual consultations, oral exam


Other requirements

regular contact with the teacher at individual consultations


Subject has no prerequisities.


Subject has no co-requisities.

Subject syllabus:

Introduction to alternative methods of removal and recovery of environmental contaminants. The raw material base of biotechnological processes. Basic bioremediation techniques. Advantages and disadvantages. Removal and recovery of hazardous metals. Biodegradation of organic pollutants under aerobic and anaerobic conditions: their principles, possibilities and limitations. Phytoremediation techniques. Possibilities of use for removal of contamination caused by hazardous metals. Perspectives of phytoremediation in the removal of organic pollutants and xenobiotics from the environment. Planning and application of phytoremediation. Biosorption/desorption; Modeling of the biosorption process; Factors influencing the biosorption process; Planning and application of biosorption. Perspectives of (bio) sorption and desorption. Biosorbents (waste plant materials, etc.) and sorbents, methods of modification of sorbents Disposal of poorly biodegradable contaminants in solid samples. Hazardous metals; Economically interesting metals; Precious metals; Radionuclides; Possibilities of their removal and recovery. Substances contained in water and the possibility of their removal using alternative methods. Substances contained in the soil and the possibility of their removal using alternative methods

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2021/2022 (P0724D290001) Processing K Czech Ostrava Choice-compulsory type B study plan
2020/2021 (P0724D290001) Processing P Czech Ostrava Choice-compulsory type B study plan
2020/2021 (P0724D290001) Processing K Czech Ostrava Choice-compulsory type B study plan

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