1st Edition

Biohydrometallurgical Processes Metal Recovery and Remediation

Edited By Satarupa Dey Copyright 2024
    322 Pages 43 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    Extensive industrialization has led to an increased release of toxic metals into the soil and air. Industrial waste can include mine overburden, bauxite residue, and E waste, and these can serve as a source of valuable recoverable metals. There are relatively simple methods to recycle these wastes, but they require additional chemicals, are expensive, and generate secondary waste that causes environmental pollution. Biohydrometallurgical processing is a cost-effective and ecofriendly alternative where biological processes help conserve dwindling ore resources and extract metals in a nonpolluting way. Microbes can be used in metal extraction from primary ores, waste minerals, and industrial and mining wastes. Biohydrometallurgical Processes: Metal Recovery and Remediation serves as a useful guide for microbiologists, biotechnologists, and various industrialists dealing with mining, metallurgy, chemical engineering, and environmental sciences.


    • Examines advances in biohydrometallurgy, biomineralization, and bioleaching techniques
    • Discusses the importance of bacteria in biohydrometallurgical processes and microbial interventions for waste cleanup and upgradation of minerals
    • Presents the latest techniques for biosynthesis related to different metals, along with recent developments in alternative procedures using extremophiles and leaching bacteria

    1. Formation Mechanisms and Prevention Strategies of Microorganism-Influenced Corrosion Biofilms. Maghimaa Mathanmohun, Nivedhitha Kabeerdass, Rakesh Vinayagam, and Gunadhor Singh Okram. 2. Impacts of Biofouling on Marine Environments and Its Prevention. Neha Bhadauria, Preeti Pradhan, and Arjun Suresh. 3. Metagenomic Analysis of Acid Mine Drainage, Presence of Acidometallophiles and Their Possible Role in Biomining. Bedaprana Roy, Riddhi Chakraborty, Niti Choudhury, Aindri Ghosh, Rajeswari Chakraborty, Jaydip Ghosh, and Arup Kumar Mitra. 4. Environmental Rehabilitation of Industrial Waste Dumping Site. Ratul Bhattacharya, Roumi Bhattacharya, Muhammad Majeed, Somya Bhandari, Robina Aziz, Dwaipayan Sinha, Ayan Mondal, and Subhamita Sen Niyogi. 5. Metagenomics-Based Characterization of Microbial Diversity across Industrial Waste Dumping Sites. Meesha Singh, Rupsha Karmakar, Sayak Ganguli, and Mahashweta Mitra Ghosh. 6. Application of Microbes in Leaching Rare Earth Elements and Radioactive Elements: Bioleaching of Rare Earth Elements: A Challenge and Success. Madhumita Majumder and Anjalika Roy. 7. An Understanding of the Underlying Mechanisms Involved in the Bacterial Remediation of Arsenic, Cadmium, and Lead. Bhagyudoy Gogoi, Pranjal Bharali, Viphrezolie Sorhie, and Lemzila Rudithongru. 8. Mechanism of Long-Term Arsenic Remediation by Microbial Intervention. Debanjana Sengupta, Arup Kumar Mitra, and Arunima Bhattacharya. 9. Metagenomics for Studying Bioleaching Bioreactor. Sonia Sethi and Harshita Jonwal. 10. Bioleaching: A Method of Microbial Recovery of Metal Values from Industrial Wastes. Satarupa Dey. 11. Treasure Hunt: Converting E-Waste to E-Wealth. Deeksha Dave and Vartika Jain. 12. Role of Sulfate-Reducing Bacteria in Sustainable Acid Mine Bioremediation. Arunima Biswas and Shakuntala Ghorai. 13. Algae as a Bioremediation of Heavy Metal-Associated Water Pollution. Subhankar Dey and Biplob Kumar Modak.


    Dr. Satarupa Dey is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Botany at Shyampur Siddheswari Mahavidyalaya, affiliated to the University of Calcutta, West Bengal, India. She earned her BSc in Botany from the University of Calcutta, West Bengal, India. She holds also an MSc in Botany with Microbiology specialization from the same university. She completed her PhD in 2012, and her field of expertise is Bioremediation of Toxic Metals. She was selected as a Department of Biotechnology, Government of India research fellow and later worked as a visiting scientist in the Agricultural and Ecological Research Unit of the Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata. She is the recipient of the Woman Scientist (WOS A) fellowship of the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India. She has published research and review articles in several journals of national and international repute. She has co-edited three books and is an active reviewer for many high-impact journals published by Elsevier, Springer Nature, and Nature Publishers.