Journal article

A concise review of nanoscopic aspects of bioleaching bacteria-mineral interactions

Mengxue Diao, Elena Taran, Stephen Mahler, Anh V Nguyen

Advances in Colloid and Interface Science | ELSEVIER | Published : 2014


Bioleaching is a technology for the recovery of metals from minerals by means of microorganisms, which accelerate the oxidative dissolution of the mineral by regenerating ferric ions. Bioleaching processes take place at the interface of bacteria, sulfide mineral and leaching solution. The fundamental forces between a bioleaching bacterium and mineral surface are central to understanding the intricacies of interfacial phenomena, such as bacterial adhesion or detachment from minerals and the mineral dissolution. This review focuses on the current state of knowledge in the colloidal aspect of bacteria-mineral interactions, particularly for bioleaching bacteria. Special consideration is given to..

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