E3S Web Conf.
Volume 98, 201916th International Symposium on Water-Rock Interaction (WRI-16) and 13th International Symposium on Applied Isotope Geochemistry (1st IAGC International Conference)
|Number of page(s)||5|
|Section||Thermodynamics and Kinetics of Water-Rock Interaction, Experimental Geochemistry|
|Published online||07 June 2019|
Comparison of different approaches for bioleaching of a granite-type uranium ore
State Key Laboratory of Nuclear Resources and Environment, East China University of Technology, Nanchang 330013, Jiangxi Province, China
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Uranium bioleaching has been rapidly developed in China during recent years. However, some problems during bioleaching, such as low uranium leaching efficiency for rocks lacking pyrite, remain to be solved. A granite type uranium deposit from southern China was selected for the study of U bioleaching with addition of pyrite. Experiments using four approaches, including (i) pyrite ores mixing with culture, (ii) pyrite tiled on the surface of ores with culture, (iii) no pyrite ores with culture, and (iv) pyrite ores without culture were examined in this study. Results showed that bacteria can improve U leaching efficiency, particularly by adding pyrite into ore. Approach (i) pyrite ores mixing with culture had the highest U concentration and the highest recovery rate of the four approaches. No significant difference was observed between approaches (ii) pyrite tiled on the surface of ores with culture and (iii) no pyrite ores with culture.
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