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Bioleaching of minerals – a valid alternative for developing countries.

Elsevier Rawlings DE Heavy metal mining using microbes. The use of reactors in biomining processes.

The gas demands can be calculated as. These reactions regenerate the reduced iron and sulfur compounds that the bacteria reuptake to start the cycle anew. Biochemical Engineering Journal Extractive Metallurgy of Gold and Base Metals. Rwlings bacterial leaching, the solubilization is mediated by bacteria.

Recent Developments in Modeling the Kinetics of Bioleaching. Rather, it occurs through an abiotic reaction between the copper ores and the biomiinng ions and protons produced by the metabolic activities of the bacteria.

The Sao Bento plant was originally designed for pressure oxidation. Perth, Australia, 23 rd th August. Schizosaccharomyces pombe Yuko Giga-Hama. The bioleaching of chalcopyritic copper concentrates in biominimg next few years will constitute a big breakthrough in biomining. In the case of a leaching organism such as Thiobacillus ferrooxidans growing in a simple defined culture media with ferrous iron as the energy source, the following equation can be written: Carbon dioxide is demanded bbiomining the cell population as carbon source, while oxygen is needed as the final electron acceptor of the overall oxidation process.


The complex nature of this slurry makes the attainment of homogeneity especially difficult Brucato and Brucato, Gold is usually obtained from ores by solubilization with a cyanide solution and recovery of the metal from the solution.

Fundamental and Applied Biohydrometallurgy.

This is problematic because the metabolic activities of these other species do not produce the ferric ions responsible for solubilizing copper sulfates. Adequate attention should be paid to the complex nature of the reacting sludge, composed by an aqueous liquid, suspended and attached cells, suspended solids, and air bubbles Gormely and Brannion, Retrieved April rawlimgs, A useful approach toward metal extraction.

Biomining : Douglas E. Rawlings :

Several mass transfer operations occur in a biomining operation. Advanced impeller technologies match mixing performance to process needs. Heap Leaching of Gold-Bearing Deposits: Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering Acidophile Diversity in Mineral Sulfide Oxidation.

Amils R and Ballester A.

The Youanmi plant consists in two m 3 tanks operated in parallel as a first stage, followed by a series of two biominng 3 tanks Bell and Quan, The copper-rich liquor is extracted from wells dug beneath the deposits Rawlings Currently, bacterial leaching and biooxidation are large-scale processes that are being successfully used in copper and gold processing Acevedo et al.


C 5 H 7 O 2 N represents the biomass with an elemental composition of The leach liquor obtained after heap irrigation has a very low concentration of copper dissolved into it, around 0.

Biomining : Theory, Microbes and Industrial Processes

Having developed from a very simple operational in terms of both engineering and biology process, biomining has developed into a multifaceted technology, to the extent that many of the largest industrial stirred tanks and heaps throughout the world are employed for bioprocessing minerals. Oxygen transfer to Thiobacillus cultures. Heap micro-organisms grow as biofilms that are not subject to washout and the major challenge is to provide sufficient biodiversity for optimum performance throughout the life of a heap.

Kalgoorlie, Australia, 26 th th October. This paper reviews the basis of reactor selection and design for bioleaching processes. Conference Proceedings, Perth, Australia, 23 rd th August.