Bioleaching of uranium from low grade black schists by Acidithiobacillus ferrooxidans

Moon Sung Choi, Kyung Suk Cho, Dong Su Kim, Hee Wook Ryu

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The feasibility of bacterial recovery of uranium from the low grade black schists occurring in the Okcheon district, South Korea, was investigated. Following the introduction of Acidithiobacillus ferrooxidans, 80% of the uranium could be extracted from the schists, which contain 0.01% U3O 8 by weight, within 60 h at a pulp density of 100 g-ore/l. Only 18% of the uranium was extracted without microbial activity. The uranium-leaching efficiency was not greatly affected by the addition of Fe2+ in the range of 5-9 g/l, and the leaching efficiency of uranium from the schists by A. ferrooxidanscould be efficiently maintained at high pulp densities (up to 500 g-ore/l).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)377-380
Number of pages4
JournalWorld Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Apr 2005

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This work was supported by a research grant from Korea Institute of Geoscience and Mineral Resources.


  • Acidithiobacillus ferrooxidans
  • Bioleaching
  • Black schist
  • Uranium


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