This, the 9th International Symposium on Biohydrometallurgy (Biomining ‘20), is organised by Minerals Engineering International with Prof Sue Harrison and Dr Chris Bryan.
Following on from MEI’s previous conferences on Bio- & Hydrometallurgy in 2002, ‘05, ‘07, ‘09, ‘10, ‘12, ‘14, 16 and ‘18, Biomining ‘20 will focus on the latest developments in the field of biohydrometallurgy: the development, optimisation and application of integrated biomining process operations for mineral ores, including low grade and complex ores; the microbiology of biomining and the application of biohydrometallurgy to novel resources (such as mine and electronic wastes) and the (bio)remediation of mining-impacted environments.
1. Biomining Process Development:
- Development and optimisation of biohydrometallurgy processes, including subprocesses of biohydrometallurgy, reactor systems, hydrodynamics and modeling
- Associated Unit operations, Up- and Downstream processing (including waste management) etc.
2. The Microbiology of Biomining:
- Microbial ecology and succession, both description and kinetics
- Microbial consortia and bioprospecting,
- Some fundamental aspects.
3. Biohydrometallurgy Applications:
- Biomining (i.e. Bioleaching, Biooxidation) applications - both heap and tank
- Novel and potential resources (e.g. electronic and other metallic wastes)
- Bioremediation applications (e.g. the treatment, prevention and prediction of AMD, metal recovery from wastes etc.)
- Other biotechnologies in mining and metallurgical industries.