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How Do Bacteria Interact with Minerals ?
Minerals Engineering (2002)
  • Fathi Habashi
It seems that the rate of dissolution of sulfide minerals by bacterial action is approximately proportional to the solubility product of the sulfide concerned. It can be conceived that the metabolic products of the microorganisms will homogeneously catalyze the oxidation of the sulfide ion generated when the mineral is slurried in water. It is evident that the nearer the microorganism is to the sulfide surface the more effective will be the action of the metabolic products on the sulfide ions, provided that oxygen is available in abundance.
  • Biohydrometallurgy,
  • Autotrophic bacteria,
  • Thiobacillus thiooxidans,
  • Sulfide minerals
Publication Date
February, 2002
Citation Information
Fathi Habashi. "How Do Bacteria Interact with Minerals ?" Minerals Engineering Vol. 15 (2002)
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