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.

Articles

Here is a selection of technical papers, authored by members of  Mintek’s Biotechnology Division and published in journals and conference proceedings over the past few decades.

1987

Posted on Nov 9, 2011

PINCHES, A., CHAPMAN, J.T., TE RIELE, W.A.M., and VAN STADEN, M. The performance of bacterial leach reactors for the pre-oxidation of refractory gold-bearing sulphide concentrates. Biohydrometallurgy: Proceedings of the International Biohydrometallurgy Symposium. Norris, P. and Kelly, D.P. (eds.). Kew, Antony Rowe Limited, 1987. pp. 329–344.

read more

1986

Posted on Nov 9, 2011

MILLER, P. C. Large-scale bacterial leaching of a copper-zinc ore in situ. Fundamental and applied biohydrometallurgy. Lawrence, R.W., Branion, R.M.R., and Ebner, H.G. (eds.). Amsterdam, Elsevier, 1986. pp. 215–239.

read more