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Role of mineral specific bacterial proteins in selective flocculation and flotation

Patra, Partha and Natarajan, KA (2008) Role of mineral specific bacterial proteins in selective flocculation and flotation. In: International Journal of Mineral Processing, 88 (1-2). pp. 53-58.

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Extracellular bacterial protein (EBP) isolated from Paenibacillus polymyxa was fractionated through ammonium sulphate precipitation (ASP) method and characterized through SDS-PAGE. Role of such fractionated proteins in selective mineral separation was demonstrated through microbially-induced selective flotation and flocculation. Proper use of fractionated protein groups rendered pyrite and chalcopyrite hydrophilic while quartz, sphalerite and galena exhibited enhanced surface hydrophobicity after biotreatment. Sphalerite, galena and quartz could be selectively separated from pyrite-chalcopyrite through prior interaction with bacterial proteins.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: International Journal of Mineral Processing
Publisher: Elsevier
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to Elsevier.
Keywords: Bacterial proteins;Selective separation;Flotation;Flocculation;Sulfides.
Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Materials Engineering (formerly Metallurgy)
Date Deposited: 23 Oct 2008 10:01
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2010 04:51
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/16177

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