Bioleaching of uranium minerals and biosynthesis of UO2 nanoparticles
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Wroclaw University of Technology
Publication date: 2013-01-01
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Joanna A. Baranska   

Wroclaw University of Technology, Chemical Engineering Department, Wybrzeze Wyspianskiego 27, 50 370 Wroclaw, POLAND
Physicochem. Probl. Miner. Process. 2013;49(1):71-79
Uranium mining has resulted in generation of significant amounts of solid wastes. The mechanism and chemical conditions of uranium waste bioleaching were considered. The initial results of bioleaching of solid waste from closed Kowary mine were presented. The process of U(VI) bioreduction by anaerobic reduction microorganisms was described. The factors that contributed to UO2 nanoparticles fabrication were discussed. The obtained UO2 particles are promising for development of novel catalysts.
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