Biomining uses microorganisms to recover metals, in particular copper and gold, from ores and concentrates. This book takes a strong applied approach to the study of biomining. It describes emerging and established industrial processes, as well as the underlying theory of the process, along with the biology of the microorganisms involved. Chapters have been contributed by experts from leading biomining companies, consultants and internationally recognized researchers and academics.
The Biox(R) Process for the Treatment of Refractory Gold Concentrates.- Bioleaching of Cobalt Containing Pyrite in Stirred Reactors, a Case Study from Laboratory Scale to Industrial Application.- Commercial Application of Thermophile Bioleaching.- A Review of the Development and Current Status of Copper Bioleaching Operations in Chile: 25 Years of Successful Commercial Implementation.- The GeoBiotics GEOCOAT(R) Technology - Progress and Challenges.- Whole-Ore Heap Biooxidation of Sulfidic Gold-Bearing Ores.- Heap Leaching of Black Schist.- Modeling and Optimization of Heap Bioleach Processes.- Relevance of Cell Physiology and Genetic Adaptability of Biomining Microorganisms to Industrial Processes.- Acidophile Diversity in Mineral Sulfide Oxidation.- The Microbiology of Moderately Thermophilic and Transiently Thermophilic Ore Heaps.- Techniques for Detecting and Identifying Acidophilic Mineral-OxidisingMicroorganisms.- Bacterial strategies for obtaining chemical energy by degrading sulfide minerals.- Genetic and Bioinformatic Insights into Iron and Sulfur Oxidation Mechanisms of Bioleaching Organisms.