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J Hazard Mater. 2019 Apr 5;367:529-538. doi: 10.1016/j.jhazmat.2018.12.070. Epub 2018 Dec 19.

Growth inhibition of harmful cyanobacteria by nanocrystalline Cu-MOF-74: Efficiency and its mechanisms.

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College of Civil Engineering, Fuzhou University, 350116 Fujian, China; State Key Laboratory of Photocatalysis on Energy and Environment, Fuzhou University, 350002 Fujian, China. Electronic address:
College of Civil Engineering, Fuzhou University, 350116 Fujian, China.
School of Civil Engineering, Guangzhou University, Guangzhou, Guangdong, 510006, China. Electronic address:


Metal-organic Frameworks (MOFs) as a new type of nanomaterials are extensively used in various fields of environment pollution remediation. However, the MOFs are rarely applied in the removal of cyanobacterial blooms, and more fundamental investigation is warrant for more insights into mechanisms for algae inhibition. In this study, Cu-MOF-74 was synthesized by a simple hydrothermal method, and its inhibitory effect on the growth of Microcystis aeruginosa was studied. Furthermore, its mechanisms were explored with respect to metal ion release, agglomeration, shading and algal cell membrane breakage, production of extracellular hydroxyl radical and intracellular reactive oxygen species. The results showed that the inhibition rate of M. aeruginosa was 372% after 24-h exposure when the concentration of Cu-MOF-74 exceeded 1 mg/L. However, the addition of Cu-MOF-74 at the concentration lower than 0.1 mg/L promoted the algal growth. The inhibition of algal growth by Cu-MOF-74 was basically attributed to the presence of hydroxyl radical and intracellular reactive oxygen species, with the released Cu2+ and cell aggregation involved to some extent. Overall, nanocrystalline Cu-MOF-74 is of great potential in the control of harmful cyanobacterial blooms and the inhibition is specific to the concentration of Cu-MOF-74.


Cu-MOF-74; Growth inhibitor; Harmful cyanobacteria; Hydroxyl radical; Reactive oxygen species

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