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:
To sample and characterize mine waste tailings and associated microorganisms from tungsten and massive sulphide deposits from different climate contexts;
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);
To evaluate the bioaccumulation development for biosorptive leachate treatment with bacteria for W, In, Ga, Te, Mo;
To develop experimental reactors for selected cases focused on the use of microbial consortiums.