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Biotechnology in Mining and Metallurgical Industry

Hongbo Zhao

Central South University

Award-winning (young Elite Scientists Sponsorship Program supported by CAST (2017-2019) and 15th Excellent Natural Science Paper of Hunan Province) Professor Zhao is a committee member of the Committee of Comprehensive Utilization of Metallurgical Resources and the committee member of the Industrial Alliance of Nonferrous Metals of China, he also applied for more than 20 patents of which 10 have been authorized.


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Biotechnologies have been widely used in mining and metallurgical industry, especially biohydrometallurgy, which is an important technology in processing low grade and complex ores mainly due to its environmental and low-cost advantages, mainly including sulfide and nonmetallic ores. Biotechnologies are also widely used in processing wastes produced during the mining and metallurgical production. For example, biohydrometallurgy plays an important role in processing solid wastes and secondary resources, such as waste rocks, tailings, electronic wastes, spent catalyst, sludge, sediment, fly ash, smelter wastes, etc. It has also been used as an important bioremediation technology of contaminated land in mining and metallurgical sites. Wastewater produced during the mining and metallurgical production is commonly treated by biotechnology for metal recovery, contaminant removal and water recycle. In addition, bioprocessing of minerals resources is an important method for (bio)materials preparation. Hence, we sincerely invite contributions to this book on aspects covering recent advances and innovations of biotechnologies in the mining and metallurgical industry, including both industrial production and related environmental production.

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Hongbo Zhao

Central South University

Prof. Hongbo Zhao (1988. 09-) obtained his BSc, MSc and Ph.D. degrees from Central South University in Changsha, China. He studied in the Talented Student Class of Chemistry (Honor Class of Chemistry) at Central South University between 2008 and 2012. He then commenced his Ph.D. studies, instructed by Professor Guanzhou Qiu, in 2012 and obtained his doctoral degree in Minerals Processing Engineering in 2016. Since 2016, he has been working at Central South University as an associate professor. His researches mainly focus on Mineral processing and extractive metallurgy (Resource recovery), Biohydrometallurgy, Bioremediation, Environmental chemistry, Biogeochemistry, and Electrochemistry. Prof. Zhao has more than 40 publications as the first author/corresponding author, of which more than 30 publications were indexed by SCI. He has applied for more than 20 patents, and 10 have been authorized. Prof. Zhao has presided over 6 research projects and has obtained many awards, such as the Young Elite Scientists Sponsorship Program supported by CAST (2017-2019) and 15th Excellent Natural Science Paper of Hunan Province, etc. He is now serving as the associate editor of Geochemistry (SCI, IF=2.364), the advisory editor of Cambridge Scholars Publishing, the committee member of the Committee of Comprehensive Utilization of Metallurgical Resources, and the committee member of the Industrial Alliance of Nonferrous Metals of China, etc. Prof. Zhao is serving as the reviewer of more than 20 SCI-indexed journals, such as Journal of Hazardous Materials, ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering, Electrochimica Acta and Hydrometallurgy, etc. In addition, He has rich practical experiences in the mining and metallurgical industry.

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