Silicates: non-specific adsorbents in purification of water from viruses.

R. Fass, Y. Straussman, A. Shahar, A. Mizrahi

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Amorphous silicates having small particles with large surface area, were found to have high non-specific adsorption capacity. Escherichia coli T4 bacteriophage was used as a model in this research. Investigations have shown an adsorption capacity of up to 99% on different tested commercially available silicates. Optimal conditions for the adsorption of T4 bacteriophage on various silicates were determined. Amorphous silicates may be used in purification of water from viral contaminants. A silicate-containing model unit for filtration by adsorption of viruses is described.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)91-96
Number of pages6
JournalDevelopments in Biological Standardization
StatePublished - 1980


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