BIOCriticalMetals - Recognition of microbial functional communities and assessment of the mineralizing potential (bioleaching) for high-tech critical metals

The specific objectives established for BIOCriticalMetals are the following:
1. To sample and characterize mine waste tailings and associated microorganisms from tungsten and massive sulphide deposits from different climate contexts;
2. To assess the bioleaching process using microorganisms to mobilize critical metals W, In, Ga, Te and Mo from mine waste tailings for further processing (i.e. biosorption and accumulation);
3. To evaluate the bioaccumulation development for biosorptive leachate treatment with bacteria for W, In, Ga, Te, Mo;
4. To develop experimental reactors for selected cases focused on the use of microbial consortiums.
Circular economy, Environment, Mineral Resources and Bio-Resources, Resources and Raw Materials
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Coordinator/Local PI


Proponent Institution

Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal


CERENA / UP - University of Porto, Portugal
NIRDBS - National Institute of Research and Development for Biological Sciences, Romania
IMNR - National Research and Development Institute for Nonferrous and Rare Metals, Romania
UNSL - National University of San Luis, Argentina
CNEA - National Commission for Atomic Energy, Argentina
EDM - Empresa de Desenvolvimento Mineiro, Portugal
Beralt Tin and Wolfram (Portugal) S.A., Portugal
Geoplano Portugal, Portugal
G.T. Ingenieria S.A., Portugal
Direction de Mineria de la Provincia de San Luis, Argentina

Funding Programme

National funding - FCT

CERENA Funding
84 075,00 €

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