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Biocoagulation and its application potentials for mineral bioprocessing
TU Berlin.
TU Berlin.
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Sustainable Process Engineering.
2009 (English)In: Open Mineral Processing Journal, ISSN 1874-8414, E-ISSN 1874-8414, Vol. 2, 1-11 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The well-known sorting processes like density separation, separation in magnetic or electric fields and flotation, are not suitable to apply successfully within a particle-size range smaller than 10 μm. Due to insufficient selectivity of above mentioned enrichment processes the concentrate recovery at this particle size range is extremely poor, which influences accordingly the techno-economic efficiency of mineral processing negative.Based on a process design idea, investigations confirm that the biocoagulation of microorganisms and solid particles can be used to generate coarser sized coagulates which are more suitable for sorting. Experimental investigations showed that microorganisms like Saccharomyces cerevisiae and Yarrowia lipolytica and sulphide particles like galena and sphalerite below 10 μm coagulate effectively. Theoretical thermodynamic and extended DLVO theory calculations are in good agreement with microorganisms adhesion onto metal sulphides but not on silicates and selective biocoagulation of sulphides. Furthermore it has been demonstrated that flotation is suitable for the separation of the selectively formed biocoagulates.

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2009. Vol. 2, 1-11 p.
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Mineral Processing
URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-2904DOI: 10.2174/1874841400902010001Local ID: 0a2ef430-9582-11de-8da0-000ea68e967bOAI: diva2:975758
Godkänd; 2009; 20090830 (palle)Available from: 2016-09-29 Created: 2016-09-29Bibliographically approved

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