Special Issue "Interaction of Microorganisms with Metals and Minerals"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 August 2023) | Viewed by 1501
Interests: biohydrometallurgy; bioleaching; geomicrobiology; microbiology of acidophiles; microbial ecology; resource recovery; metal transformations; remediation; mining wastes; circular economy; sustainability
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Metals play a crucial role in our everyday lives. A wide range of metals have became indispensable materials, and are used in a wide range of products, objects and applications. Microorganisms and metals are connected via a complex network of interactions. Metals can serve as electron donors and acceptors in microbial metabolism, and act as enzyme co-factors, while microbes catalyze a range of processes that can affect metal speciation, mobility and toxicity. Microbes catalyze redox transformations, as well as the solubilization, precipitation, sorption, and accumulation of metals, thus affecting metal biogeochemical cycling and mineral formation and/or dissolution. Microbial processes have been used in a range of biotechnological applications. For instance, biohydrometallurgy facilitates the recovery of metals from low-grade ores and mining wastes (such as mill tailings), while bioremediation and wastewater treatment mitigate metal pollution and associated negative environmental impacts.
For this Special Issue, we invite contributions on microbe–metal interactions. The articles in this collection demonstrate the complexity of microbial processes involved in metal(loid) transformations, metal–microbe interactions, metal(loid) biogeochemical cycling, and microbiology-based solutions for metal recovery and removal. This Special Issue covers topics including, but not limited to, metal bioleaching and biorecovery, biomineralization, metal resistance, microbial adaption, bioremediation, cell adhesion, biofilms, microbial diversity, metal biotransformations, biogeochemical cycling, sulfide oxidation, sulfate reduction, bioremediation, mine wastewater treatment, metal(loid) biomobilization and immobilization, synthetic biology, industrial microbiology, metal recycling applications and others.
In this Special Issue, original research articles and reviews are welcome. Research areas may include (but are not limited to) those listed in the keywords below.
We look forward to receiving your contributions.
Dr. Eva Pakostova
Dr. Ana Santos
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- metal biorecovery
- metal nanoparticles
- wastewater treatment
- metal tolerance