Academy of Finland
Funding decision
Name Neitola, Raisa
Organisation GTK
Project title
Advanced technologies for sustainable exploitation of uranium-bearing mineral resources
Decision No. 292599
Decision date 17.06.2015
Funding period 01.09.2015 - 31.08.2019
Funding 313 654
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Project description
The global exploration and mining industry currently faces the challenges of discovering and extracting metals amid increasing expectations for community acceptance and compliance with principles of ecologically sustainable development. Particularly, the presence of uranium at low concentrations in polymetallic ore deposits is a challenge. This project is designed to demonstrate and integrate several novel techniques, including the use of bisphosphonates and bioelectrochemcial processes for selective recovery and removal of uranium, either for secure sequestration and environmental remediation or for subsequent refinement as an additional metal commodity. The project is also intended to demonstrate the potential for recovery of a number of other critical metals, facilitating the beneficiation of low-grade or otherwise intractable mineral resources.