Abhilash, and Tabassum, Shirin and Ghosh, Anirban and Meshram, Pratima and van Hullebusch, Eric (2021) Microbial Processing of Waste Shredded PCBs for Copper Extraction Cum Separation—Comparing the Efficacy of Bacterial and Fungal Leaching Kinetics and Yields. Metals, 11, 317 (2.369).
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The recycling of electronic scrap is an important subject not only from an environmental aspect but also for recovering metal resources such as copper. In this work, the microbial extraction of copper and other metals (Cu, Ni, Co, Fe and Al) present in the depopulated and shredded printed circuit board (PCB) is elaborated. Bacterial strains of A. ferrooxidans, A. thiooxidans and a fungal strain, A. niger are used for copper extraction along with other metals from shredded PCBs. An optimum metal recovery of 93% Cu was obtained at 308 K, pH 2 using 8% pulp density in 10 days by a mixed culture of A. ferrooxidans and A. thiooxidans. Whereas using A. niger, a metal recovery of 66% Cu was reported using similar experimental conditions. The results show the higher potential ability of bacteria as compared to fungus to bioleach copper. Additionally, the kinetics and mechanism of copper bioleaching from this e-waste by the chemolithotrophs and heterotrophs were evaluated. The leach liquor obtained from the optimized leaching process was subjected to separation and purification of copper as >99% pure copper sulfate using Acorga M5640 by solvent extraction.
|Uncontrolled Keywords:||shredded PCB; copper; microbial leaching; solvent extraction; copper product|
|Divisions:||Metal Extraction and Forming|
|Deposited By:||Mrs Pratima Meshram|
|Deposited On:||16 Feb 2021 22:28|
|Last Modified:||16 Feb 2021 22:28|
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