Biotechnology

As near-surface oxide orebodies are depleted, mines are having to process deeper sulfide ores that are lower in metal grade and metallurgically more complex. Modern technologies that are simple, cost effective and environmentally sound are required for their extraction. In many cases, bioleaching is the most suitable process.

2008

  • GERICKE, M., MULLER, H.H., VAN STADEN, P.J., and PINCHES, A. Development of a tank bioleaching process for the treatment of complex Cu-polymetallic concentrates. Hydrometallurgy, vol. 94, 2008. pp. 23–28.
  • MORIN, D., PINCHES, T., HUISMAN, J., FRIAS, C., NORBERG, A., and FORSSBERG, E. Progress after three years of BioMinE—research and technological development project for a global assessment of biohydrometallurgical processes applied to European non-ferrous metal resources. Hydrometallurgy, vol. 94, 2008. pp. 58–68.
  • VAN STADEN, P.J., GERICKE, M., and CRAVEN, P.M. Minerals biotechnology: trends, opportunities and challenges. Hydrometallurgy 2008: Proceedings of the Sixth International Symposium.Young, C.A., Taylor, P.R., Anderson, C.G., and Choi, Y. (eds.). Littleton, SME, 2008. pp. 6–13.
  • VAN STADEN, P.J. Heap leach research at Mintek. ALTA 2008 Copper.Melbourne, ALTA Hydrometallurgical Services, 2008. 13 pp.