UFZ EnergyDays 2016 - Session B1

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Microbial processes for recovery of critical metals from secondary resources

Coordinator and chairperson: Birgit Daus


Metals are one of the key resources for the German “Energiewende”. There are different metals which are defined as critical in their use and availability like e.g. indium (In), germanium (Ge), tantalum (Ta), cobalt (Co), platinum group metals, and rare earths. They are also classified as ‘green minor metals’, which are the basis for cleaner technology innovation.
The use of secondary sources is one of the strategies to ensure the supply with these elements. Recent research results will be presented in the field of microbial leaching to recover such elements. The workshop will focus on the microbial processes of leaching and complexation (binding by metallophores) of metals and innovative methods of their analysis.


  Reductive bioleaching for metal recovery from oxide ores
Axel Schippers
Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources - BGR
  Metallophores selectively bind metals
Dirk Tischler
Technical University Bergakademie Freiberg
  Correlative microscopy for analyzing dissolution of minerals and electron transfer processes as a key step for development of bio-mining concepts
Niculina Musat
Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ

  Speciation analysis – A tool for identification and quantification of metal compounds
Birgit Daus
Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ