Theory, Microbes and Industrial Processes

  • Douglas E. Rawlings

Part of the Biotechnology Intelligence Unit book series (BIOIU)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Overview

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
  3. Industrial Processes

  4. Process Fundamentals

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 151-151
    2. Frank K. Crundwell
      Pages 177-200
    3. A. Ian M. Ritchie
      Pages 201-226
  5. Leaching Microorganisms

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 299-302

About this book


Biomining is the use of microorganisms in the recovery of metals from ores. During bioleaching, metals such as copper, nickel or zinc are oxidized through microbial action from the water-insoluble sulfide to the soluble sulfate forms. Although gold is inert to microbial action, microbes can also be used in gold recovery from certain types of ores because as they oxidize the ore, they open up its structure, thereby allowing a gold-solubilizing agent such as cyanide to penetrate the ore. The book describes several industrial bioleaching and biooxidation processes as well as the underlying theory and biology of the microbes involved.


Bakterien Bioleaching Biomining Oxidation bacteria base biology biotechnology chemistry microbe microbiology microbiology, applied microorganism modeling physiology

Editors and affiliations

  • Douglas E. Rawlings
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of MicrobiologyUniversity of Cape TownRondeboschSouth Africa

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1997
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-662-06113-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-662-06111-4
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