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Biotechnology for Metal bearing materials in Europe

Objective

This IP is aimed at "the production of tomorrow" and involves biotechnological research to provide "radical changes in the Basic Materials industry for cleaner, safer and more eco-efficient production". The objective is to develop sustainable solutions covering the whole life cycle of products and equipment. Technological breakthroughs will allow the integration of innovative biotechnology based processes for recovery of metals from primary materials such as ores and concentrates, and secondary materials such as mining wastes, metallurgical slags, scrap and combustion ashes.

Processes will be developed which give consideration for eco-design, eco- and renewable materials and zero waste, with the aim of protecting people and the environment. The biotechnologies to be investigated will include bio-leaching,
- oxidation, -sorption, -reduction, -accumulation, -precipitation, -flotation, -flocculation and bio-sensors, as well as microbiological research. The ultimate objective will be the establishment of environmentally friendly biotechnologies, which are economic particularly at a small scale and will provide an alternative to current technologies such as roasting and smelting. The anticipated breakthroughs under the RTD programme will be commercially evaluated through integrated piloting of the new processes together with preliminary economic assessments.

This will provide a sound basis for decisions by industrial companies on whether to then proceed to commercial demonstration. The work will be enhanced by Training and Educational activities. The Project will adopt a multi-discipline approach involving mining companies, waste treatment facilitators and equipment/instrument suppliers. The Consortium has achieved a critical mass being comprised of 35 partners. A strong management structure will be put in place with a Management Committee mandated by a governing Council with representatives of all partners and the EC.

Call for proposal

FP6-2002-NMP-1
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Funding Scheme

IP - Integrated Project

Coordinator

BUREAU DE RECHERCHES GEOLOGIQUES ET MINIERES
Address
39-43. Quai André Citroen - Tour Mirabeau
Paris
France

Participants (37)

BIOCLEAR B.V.
Netherlands
Address
Rozenburglaan 13C
Groningen
BOLIDEN MINERAL AB
Sweden
Address

Skelleftehamn
CELLFACTS INSTRUMENTS LTD
United Kingdom
Address
University Of Warwick Science Park
Coventry
CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE
France
Address
3 Rue Michel Ange
Paris
COPPER INSTITUTE OF BOR
Address
Zeleni Bulevar 35
Bor
DE BEERS CONSOLIDATED MINES LTD
South Africa
Address

Kimberley
GREENWICH RESOURCES PLC
United Kingdom
Address
1 Mathon Place, Mathon
Malvern
IMPERIAL COLLEGE OF SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY AND MEDICINE
United Kingdom
Address
South Kensignton Campus
London
INSTITUTE FOR NONFERROUS AND RARE METALS
Romania
Address
Biruintei Street, 102
Bucharest-pantelimon
INSTITUTE OF GEOLOGY AND MINERAL EXPLORATION
Greece
Address
Messogion St. 70
Athens
INSTITUTO NACIONAL DE ENGENHARIA, TECNOLOGIA E INOVACAO
Portugal
Address
Az. Lameiros - Estrada Do Paço Do Lumiar 22
Lisboa
INSTYTUT METALI NIEZELAZNYCH
Poland
Address
Sowinskiego 5
Gliwice
KGHM POLSKA MIEDZ S.A.
Poland
Address
M. Sklodowskiej-curie 48
Lubin
LULEA UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY
Sweden
Address
Universitetsområdet Porsön
Lulea
MEAB METALLEXTRAKTION AB
Sweden
Address
Datavägen 51
Askim
MILTON ROY MIXING
France
Address
10 Rue Du Bois Gausseau, Samoreau
Avon
MINTEK
South Africa
Address
200 Hans Strijdom Drive
Randburg 2115
NATIONAL TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS
Greece
Address
Heroon Polytechniou 9
Zografou
OUTOKUMPU RESEARCH OY
Finland
Address
Kuparitie
Pori
PAQUES B.V.
Netherlands
Address
T. De Boerstraat 24
Balk
PE EUROPE GMBH
Germany
Address
Hauptstr. 111-113
Leinfelden-echterdingen
RIO TINTO TECHNICAL SERVICES LIMITED
United Kingdom
Address
No 6 St James's Square'
London
SA UMICORE NV
Belgium
Address
Broekstraat 31 Rue Du Marais
Brussels
SKELLEFTEA KOMMUN
Sweden
Address
Trädgårdsgatan 6
Skellefteå
TAMPERE UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY
Finland
Address
Korkeakoulunkatu 10
Tampere
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITÄT BERLIN
Germany
Address
Strasse Des 17. Juni 135
Berlin
TECNICAS REUNIDAS S.A.
Spain
Address
Arapiles, 13
Madrid
UMEA UNIVERSITY
Sweden
Address
Universitetsområdet, Umeå
Umea
UNIVERSIDAD AUTONOMA DE MADRID
Spain
Address
Campus De Cantoblanco, Carretera De Colmenar Km.15
Cantoblanco- Madrid
UNIVERSITAET STUTTGART
Germany
Address
Keplerstr. 7
Stuttgart
UNIVERSITY OF CAPE TOWN
South Africa
Address
Bremner Building, Lower Campus
Rondebosch
UNIVERSITY OF SEVILLE
Spain
Address
San Fernando 4
Seville
UNIVERSITY OF STELLENBOSCH
South Africa
Address

Stellenbosch
UNIVERSITY OF WALES, BANGOR
United Kingdom
Address
College Road
Bangor
UNIVERSITY OF WARWICK
United Kingdom
Address

Coventry
UNIVERSITÄT DUISBURG-ESSEN
Germany
Address
Forsthausweg 2
Duisburg
WAGENINGEN UNIVERSITY
Netherlands
Address
Bomenweg 2
Wageningen