In situ recovery of uranium - the microbial influence

Zammit, Carla M., Brugger, Joel, Southam, Gordon and Reith, Frank (2014) In situ recovery of uranium - the microbial influence. Hydrometallurgy, 150 236-244. doi:10.1016/j.hydromet.2014.06.003

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Author Zammit, Carla M.
Brugger, Joel
Southam, Gordon
Reith, Frank
Title In situ recovery of uranium - the microbial influence
Journal name Hydrometallurgy   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0304-386X
Publication date 2014-12
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.hydromet.2014.06.003
Open Access Status
Volume 150
Start page 236
End page 244
Total pages 9
Place of publication Amsterdam, Netherlands
Publisher Elsevier
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Formatted abstract
In situ recovery (ISR) has become an increasingly utilized technology worldwide for the economical extraction of uranium (U). Microorganisms play a significant role in U mobilization/immobilization and have therefore been used for the bioremediation of U contaminated sites. In natural environments a wide range of microorganisms has the ability to oxidize or reduce U compounds as part of their metabolism. Hence, microbiota is very likely to play an important role at all stages of U ISR; however the effect of resident microbial communities subject to ISR has not been investigated. Therefore, this review focuses on the interactions between microorganisms and U and the possible effects this could have on ISR operations. Microorganisms may affect ISR in either a positive or negative way, e.g. assisting in U mobilization via the oxidation of U or immobilizing U by reducing it into an insoluble form. The use of native microbial communities to influence the mobilization/immobilization of U during ISR could help to increase U recovery rates or speed-up post-mining remediation.
Keyword In situ recovery
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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