Study of biofilm formation by total-reflection X-ray fluorescence spectrometry

K. Kröpfl, Gy Záray, P. Vladár, M. Mages, É Ács

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A total reflection X-ray fluorescence spectrometric method was developed for elemental analysis of natural biofilms grown on polycarbonate substrates in the Lake Velence. For the duration of 9 weeks long growing period, two substrates were removed weekly from the lake and investigated by analytical and algological methods. The total biomass production achieved its highest value after 7 weeks. Ca, Sr and Ti, as well as Fe, Mn, K and Zn showed their maximum concentrations in the biofilms after 5 and 6-7 weeks, respectively. The enrichment factors of the 6 weeks old biofilm for the detected seven elements amounted to 103-104. The recommended colonization time for biomonitoring of the Lake Velence is 6 weeks applying polycarbonate substrates.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)133-137
Number of pages5
JournalMicrochemical Journal
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2003



  • Biofilm
  • Polycarbonate substrates
  • Total reflection X-ray fluorescence spectrometry (TXRF)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Spectroscopy

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