Microbial recovery of metals from spent coal liquefaction catalysts
This project was initiated on October 1, 1989, for the purpose of recovering metals from spent coal liquefaction catalysts. Two catalyst types are the subject of the contract. The first is a Ni-Mo catalyst supported on alumina (Shell 324) as is used in a pilot scale coal liquefaction facility at Wilsonville, Alabama. A large sample of spent catalyst has been obtained. The second material is an unsupported ammonium molybdate catalyst used in a pilot process by the Department of energy at the Pittsburgh energy Technology Center. The object of the contract is to treat these spent catalysts with microorganisms, especially Thiobacillus ferrooxidans, but also other Thiobacillus sp. and possibly Sulfolobus, to leach and remove the metals (Ni and Mo) from the spent catalysts into a form which can be readily recovered by conventional techniques.
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- Technical Report
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- Geo-Microbial Technologies, Inc., Ochelata, OK (United States)
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- DOE; USDOE, Washington, DC (United States)
- Country of Publication:
- United States
- 01 COAL, LIGNITE, AND PEAT; CATALYSTS; MATERIALS RECOVERY; COAL LIQUEFACTION; MOLYBDENUM; NICKEL; DEACTIVATION; PROGRESS REPORT; THIOBACILLUS FERROXIDANS; BACILLUS; BACTERIA; DOCUMENT TYPES; ELEMENTS; LIQUEFACTION; MANAGEMENT; METALS; MICROORGANISMS; PROCESSING; SULFUR-OXIDIZING BACTERIA; THERMOCHEMICAL PROCESSES; TRANSITION ELEMENTS; WASTE MANAGEMENT; WASTE PROCESSING 010405* -- Coal, Lignite, & Peat-- Hydrogenation & Liquefaction
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