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Microbial Processing of Metal Sulfides

  • Edgardo R. Donati
  • Wolfgang Sand
  • Gives a unique and in-depth description of mechanisms of bioleaching and the role played by exopolymers substances in the interfacial degradation of metal sulfides

  • Includes new evidence supplied by new techniques (electrochemical techniques, atomic force microscope)

  • Shows recent results about proteomic and bioinformatics which are bringing a new perspective on the microbial processes

  • Explains the bioleaching fundamentals and the bioleaching applications at different scales


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XI
  2. Fundamentals, microorganisms and mechanisms

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Denise Bevilaqua, Heloisa A. Acciari, Assis V. Benedetti, Oswaldo Garcia Jr
      Pages 59-76
    3. Antonio Ballester, María Luisa Blázquez, Felisa González, Jesús A. Muñoz
      Pages 77-101
    4. Marisa Viera, Cristina Pogliani, Edgardo Donati
      Pages 103-119
    5. Aleksandra Sklodowska, Renata Matlakowska
      Pages 121-129
  3. Bioreactors and Bioheaps

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 131-131
    2. Dominique Henri Roger Morin
      Pages 133-150
    3. Fernando Acevedo, Juan Carlos Gentina
      Pages 151-168
    4. Alejandra Giaveno, Laura Lavalle, Chiacchiarini Patricia, Edgardo Donati
      Pages 169-191
    5. Jochen Petersen, David G. Dixon
      Pages 193-218
  4. Genetics and Molecular Biology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 219-219
    2. Raquel Quatrini, Jorge Valdès, Eugenia Jedlicki, David S. Holmes
      Pages 221-239
    3. Susana Valenzuela, Alvaro Banderas, Carlos A. Jerez, Nicolas Guiliani
      Pages 253-264
  5. Other Applications

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 265-265
    2. K. Hanumantha Rao, S. Subramanian
      Pages 267-286
    3. José Manuel Gómez, Domingo Cantero
      Pages 287-309

About this book


The application of microbiological methods to the extraction of metals from minerals has definitely gained a prominent role and is supported by the several bioleaching and biooxidation processes operating in different sites over the world. In recent years new techniques and new results about proteomic and bioinformatics are bringing a new perspective on the microbial processes.

This book focuses on the basic aspects of the process with special emphasis on recent contributions regarding the chemical and microbial aspects of the bioleaching process and the use of microorganisms in the treatment of complex ores and concentrates.

It has been written by recognized researchers in order to introduce the main subjects of microbial processing to undergraduate and postgraduate students, scientists working in this field as well as interested industrialists.


Acidophiles Bioleaching Biom Biomining Biotechnology Metals Mineral Processing Proteomics bioinformatics biology environment genetics metallurgy microorganism mining

Editors and affiliations

  • Edgardo R. Donati
    • 1
  • Wolfgang Sand
    • 2
  1. 1.University of La PlataArgentina
  2. 2.University of Duisburg-EssenGermany

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