BIODEGRADATION OF [bmim][PF6] USING Fusarium sp
The increased use of ionic liquids in industry has led to the study of their biodegradability and toxicity to prevent contamination of the environment by these synthetic compounds. A Fusarium strain was isolated and tested for its ability to tolerate and grow in the presence of [bmim] [PF6], a potential contaminant of wastewaters. The Fusarium strain was able to grow in both surface and submerged liquid media using [bmim] [PF6] as the sole carbon source up to 19 and 21 g [bmim] [PF6] L-1, respectively. A membrane-aerated biofilm reactor was used for biodegradation studies of synthetic wastewaters. Up to 80% biodegradation was observed after 28 days of incubation at 30 ºC. This is the first time that [bmim][PF6] has been subjected to fungal biodegradation
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