The first publication written and edited by ECOMETALS partners was published in Minerals Engineering in the special issue edited on the occasion of BioHydroMet 2014.

The review article on "Bioleaching of Kupferschiefer" was written by a large number of authors in a cooperative manner, and gives an insight into the state of art of bioleaching of Kupferschiefer. The lack of knowledge is indicated as well as the objectives of the project how to overcome these, and find an optimized way of extracting copper and associated metals from Kupferschiefer by means of biotechnology. 


The article was online in October 2014, the printed version is part of volume 75 of Minerals Engineering (May 2015).


Kutschke, S.; Guézennec, A.-G.; Hedrich, S.; Schippers, A.; Borg, G.; Kamradt, A.; Gouin, J.; Giebner, F.; Schopf, S.; Schlömann, M.; Rahfeld, A.; Gutzmer, J.; D’Hugues, P.; Pollmann, K.; Dirlich, S.; Bodénan, F. (2015): Bioleaching of Kupferschiefer blackshale – A review including perspectives of the Ecometals project, in: Minerals Engineering, Vol. 75, May 2015, dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.mineng.2014.09.015

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EcoMetals is a transnational research project aiming at the development of innovative biohydrometallurgical processes for the extraction of copper and other (associated) metals from coppershale.. The project receives funding from the French ANR (L’Agence nationale de la recherche) and the German Ministry of Education and Research BMBF (Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung) under the reference number 033RF001.

In total, 17 partners from science and industry collaborate in this project. Start of the project was in February 2014 and it will run until June 2017. 

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