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Microbiology for Minerals, Metals, Materials and the Environment

ISBN 9781482257298
Published February 25, 2015 by CRC Press
608 Pages 33 Color & 100 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Microbiology for Minerals, Metals, Materials and the Environment links chemical, metallurgical, and other metal inherent systems with microbes, and analyzes the interdependence between them. Specifically intended to underscore the importance of microbes in environmental remediation in the mining industries, this text offers a basic and conceptual understanding of the role of microbes, and provides an extensive exploration of microbiology and metals. Each chapter is written by experts from research, industry and academia. The authors expand on the whole scale of microbiology applications relevant to minerals, metal, material, and environment. They elicit the applications of microbes for metal extraction (including mechanisms and methods) from primary ores/minerals and mining wastes, biomining and related concepts of microbial diversity and various operations, and molecular biology of microbes involved in such systems (extremophiles). They also address in detail biohydrometallurgy, biomineralisation, bioleaching, biobeneficiation, biosynthesis, and bioremediation and other related areas.

This book:

  • Includes bacterial leaching, hybrid leaching, and biosynthesis related to different metals
  • Covers recent developments in alternative procedures with the use of extremophiles and leaching bacteria
  • Explains the imperative importance of bacteria in minerals and metals sector
  • Addresses microbial interventions for waste cleanup and upgradation of minerals
  • Compares existing processes with the new ones to elicit their importance
  • Provides case studies on all respective topics by eminent researchers

A resource for researchers, graduate students, and industry professionals involved in chemical/mining/metallurgical engineering/environmental science/microbiology, Microbiology for Minerals, Metals, Materials and the Environment skillfully explains the symbiotic relationship between microbiology and minerals-metals-materials, and utilizes experts from across the globe.

Table of Contents

Biomineralisation and Microbially Induced Beneficiation; K.A. Natarajan

Biomining of Base Metals from Sulphide Minerals; Bhargav C. Patel, Devayani R. Tipre and Shailesh R. Dave

Microbial Extraction of Uranium from Ores; Abhilash and B.D. Pandey

Biohydrometallurgy: From the Zijinshan Experience to Future Prospects; Liu Xingyu, Ruan Renman, Wen Jiankang and Wang Dianzuo

Spectroscopic Study on the Bioleaching of Enargite Using Thermophile; Keiko Sasaki

Microbial Biodesulphurisation of Coal; Anirban Ghosh, Sujata, Abhilash and B.D. Pandey

Application of Industrial Waste in Biohydrometallurgy: A Review on Its Use as Neutralising Agent and Potential Source for Metal Recovery; Ata Akcil and Chandra Sekhar Gahan

Application of Microbes for Metal Extraction from Mining Wastes; Sandeep Panda, Srabani Mishra, Nilotpala Pradhan, Umaballav Mohaptra, Lala Behari Sukla and Barada Kanta Mishra

Bioleaching of Metals from Major Hazardous Solid Wastes; Gayathri Natarajan, Thulasya Ramanathan, Abhilasha Bharadwaj and Yen-Peng Ting

Biogeochemistry in Recycling of Trace Elements and Heavy Metals; Jian Chen, Fengxiang X. Han and Paul B. Tchounwou

Role of Natural and Engineered Biofilms Composition in Toxic Inorganic Contaminants Immobilisation; Eric D. van Hullebusch and Yoan Pechaud

Bio-Processing of Electronic Scraps; Sadia Ilyas and Jae-Chun Lee

Urban Biomining: New Challenges for a Successful Exploitation of WEEE by Means of a Biotechnological Approach; Viviana Fonti, Alessia Amato and Francesca Beolchini

Hybrid Leaching: An Emerging Trend in Bio‑Processing of Secondary Resources; Sadia Ilyas and Jae-Chun Lee

Microbiologically Influenced Corrosion and Its Impact on Metals and Other Materials; Tingyue Gu, Dake Xu, Peiyu Zhang, Yingchao Li and Amy L. Lindenberger

Biosorption of Heavy Metals; Gjergj Dodbiba, Josiane Ponou and Toyohisa Fujita

Biosynthesis of Nanomaterials; Dhanasekar Naresh Niranjan, Jayakumar Pathma, Raman Gurusamy and Natarajan Sakthivel

Microbial Remediation of Acid Mine Drainage; Laura G. Leff, Suchismita Ghosh, G. Patricia Johnston and Alescia Roberto

Microbiology of Arsenic-Contaminated Groundwater; Pinaki Sar, Dhiraj Paul, Angana Sarkar, Rahul Bharadwaj and Sufia K. Kazy

Microbial Degradation of Toxic Organic Compounds of Waste and Allied Contaminants; Yu L. Gurevich, V. P. Ladygina and M. I. Teremova


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Dr. Abhilash is a scientist in the biohydrometallurgy lab of the Waste Recycling and Utilisation Group of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research-National Metallurgical Laboratory, Jamshedpur, and assistant professor, AcSIR (Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research)-NML, India. He earned a degree in microbiology from Nagpur University, a postgraduate degree specializing in mineral biotechnology from Bangalore University, and a PhD (engineering) from Jadavpur University. Dr. Abhilash has authored one book and edited two compendium volumes, published over 65 papers in journals and conference proceedings, and presented over 30 papers at various symposia/colloquiums. He is also on the editorial board of international journals and a reviewer for journals in his field.

Dr. B.D. Pandey is chief scientist, Council of Scientific and Industrial Research-National Metallurgical Laboratory (CSIR-NML), Jamshedpur, and professor, AcSIR (Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research)-NML, India. He earned his PhD in metal extraction and separation by solvent extraction and metal complexation from the Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India. He has contributed extensively in the area of extraction of non-ferrous metals from both primary and secondary resources, including the extraction of rare earths. His research areas include chemical beneficiation, hydro- and bio-hydro-metallurgy and bio-remediation, sulphation roasting and waste processing, recycling, and environmental management. He has published over 200 papers in journals and conference proceedings, and holds 10 patents.

Dr. K.A. Natarajan is currently a NASI (National Academy of Sciences) senior scientist—Platinum Jubilee Fellow and emeritus professor at the Department of Materials Engineering, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, Karnataka, India. He earned his MS and PhD specializing in mineral beneficiation and hydrometallurgy from the University of Minnesota, USA. The Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore conferred on him the degree of doctor of science in 1992 for his pioneering research contributions in minerals bioprocessing. He is on the editorial board of several international journals in the area of mineral processing, and has published over 300 papers in leading journals.