Microbial recovery of metals from spent catalysts. [Thiobacillus sulfolobus]
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. This plant is run and operated by Southern Clean Fuels. A large sample of spent catalyst from this facility 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. This material was obtained in late February 1990 but has not been pursued since the No content of this particular sample is too low for the current studies and no new catalyst has since been obtained. 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; 59 BASIC BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES; ALUMINIUM OXIDES; CATALYTIC EFFECTS; AMMONIUM COMPOUNDS; COAL LIQUEFACTION; CATALYSTS; METALS; MATERIALS RECOVERY; MICROORGANISMS; MOLYBDATES; MOLYBDENUM; NICKEL; LEACHING; PROGRESS REPORT; THIOBACILLUS FERROXIDANS; ALUMINIUM COMPOUNDS; BACILLUS; BACTERIA; CHALCOGENIDES; DISSOLUTION; DOCUMENT TYPES; ELEMENTS; LIQUEFACTION; MANAGEMENT; MOLYBDENUM COMPOUNDS; OXIDES; OXYGEN COMPOUNDS; PROCESSING; REFRACTORY METAL COMPOUNDS; SEPARATION PROCESSES; SULFUR-OXIDIZING BACTERIA; THERMOCHEMICAL PROCESSES; TRANSITION ELEMENT COMPOUNDS; TRANSITION ELEMENTS; WASTE MANAGEMENT; WASTE PROCESSING 010405* -- Coal, Lignite, & Peat-- Hydrogenation & Liquefaction; 550700 -- Microbiology
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