• Douglas E. Rawlings
  • D. Barrie Johnson

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Pieter C. van Aswegen, Jan van Niekerk, Waldemar Olivier
    Pages 1-33
  3. Chris A. du Plessis, John D. Batty, David W. Dew
    Pages 57-80
  4. Todd J. Harvey, Murray Bath
    Pages 97-112
  5. Thomas C. Logan, Thom Seal, James A. Brierley
    Pages 113-138
  6. Jaakko A. Puhakka, Anna H. Kaksonen, Marja Riekkola-Vanhanen
    Pages 139-151
  7. Jochen Petersen, David G. Dixon
    Pages 153-176
  8. Jason J. Plumb, Rebecca B. Hawkes, Peter D. Franzmann
    Pages 217-235
  9. Helmut Tributsch, José Rojas-Chapana
    Pages 263-280
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 309-314

About this book


Biomining is the biotechnology that uses microorganisms to recover metals, in particular copper and gold, from ores and concentrates. Having developed from a very simple operational (in terms of both engineering and biology) process, biomining has developed into a multifaceted technology, to the extent that many of the largest industrial stirred tanks and heaps throughout the world are employed for bioprocessing minerals.

This book has a strong applied approach and describes emerging and established industrial processes, as well as the underlying theory of the process, and the biology of the microorganisms involved. Chapters have been written by personnel from leading biomining companies, consultants and internationally recognized researchers and academics.


Bioleaching Biomining Metallurgie Oxidation biology biotechnology copper development mechanisms metal metallurgy microbiology microorganism mining physiology

Editors and affiliations

  • Douglas E. Rawlings
    • 1
  • D. Barrie Johnson
    • 2
  1. 1.Professor and HOD of MicrobiologyUniversity of StellenboschMatielandSouth Africa
  2. 2.School of Biological SciencesUniversity of WalesBangorUK

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