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METALCHEMBIO.: Innovative combination of chemical and biological strategies for the recovery of metals from metals bearing wastewaters and leachates

Short Title 
METALCHEMBIO
Coordination 
CCMAR
Budget CCMAR 
212450.93k€
Total budget 
234950.93k€
Funding 
FCT - Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia
CRESC Algarve 2020
Partners 
FFCUL- Fundação Faculdade Ciências Universidade de Lisboa
Universidade do Algarve
Date 
09/2018 to 08/2021

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METALCHEMBIO.: Innovative combination of chemical and biological strategies for the recovery of metals from metals bearing wastewaters and leachates

The accumulation of metals in the environment has several negative impacts, which tend to be aggravated by their intensive demand and utilization. This situation is accompanied by the depletion of some primary resources, namely those of platinum group metals (PGMs). Hence, their recovery from secondary sources, namely wastes and wastewaters, using economically and environmentally sustainable techniques is a top priority. In this regard, the present project aims the recovery of strategic metals (Cu, Zn and Fe) from two highly metals-contaminated effluents (an extreme contaminated acid mine drainage, AMD, and spent solutions from Zn plating industries) and the recovery of PGMs (e.g. Pd, Pt) from leachates from spent automotive catalysts.

For that purpose, a pioneering approach that combines the potential of liquid-liquid extraction as separation technique with the versatility of bio-recovery strategies based on the use of bacterial communities, solutions from their activity or plant extracts, are being tested. The use of diverse biologic agents (and conditions) that can act through several mechanisms such as bio-reduction or bio-precipitation, allows the metal to be recovered in a non-combined or combined form, and may result on different products or particles sizes, thus broadening with advantage their possible properties and applications.

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Jorge Daniel Dias Carlier Postdoc
Tânia Cristina da Luz Palma PhD Student
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Jorge Daniel Dias Carlier
Position:
Postdoc
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Name:
Tânia Cristina da Luz Palma
Position:
PhD Student
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Activities 
Activity type 
Seminar
Room 2.31 I Building 7 I Gambelas Campus
April 3, 2019
at 
Room 2.31 I Building 7 I Gambelas Campus