Microbial Technology in Mineral Processing & Metal Extraction is a critical analysis of microbial technologies and presents comprehensive information on microbial mineral processing techniques. The book explains vital phenomena such as bioleaching, bio-beneficiation, bio-flotation, bio-oxidation, bio-film and bio-corrosion caused by microbes. It provides important information on the genomics, proteomics and biogeochemistry of microbial processes involved in metal extraction and mineral beneficiation.
Microbial Leaching Process: Introduction to microbial leaching, biomolecular mechanism of microbial leaching process, microbial leaching of base metals, precious metals, radioactive metals, oxidative and reductive microbial leaching process, microbes-mineral interaction in microbial leaching process, Biocorrosion, biosorption and biofilm, biotechnology and genetic engineering in microbial leaching, industrialization of microbial leaching process, enzyme systems and enzyme kinetics of microbial leaching processes, genetic factors associated with microbial mineral processing.
Microbial Mineral beneficiation: Microbial mineral flotation, microorganisms as mineral flotation reagents, microbial metabolites as frother, biocollector in mineral flotation, role of microbes and their metabolite in mineral surface modification. Future prospects of microbial mineral processing technology.