My Experience

Since 2003 my research has focused on understanding and improving biotechnological processes

Mining Industry

Copper is heated and melt

to separate it from other compounds

This is very expensivethis smoke is sulphuric acid

… and contaminant

Solution: Bioleaching

The use of bacteria to extract elements from ore

Bioleaching is much better that melting copper

The goal is to understand and improve the involved bacteria so this technology can be used extensively

Enables building new mines

It is like discovering petrol reserves for the country

Most of the results are still industrial secret

We had a research contract with the main mining company

State owned, big enough to pay for long term research

Few papers, many patents