Academy of Finland  
Funding decision
Applicant / Contact person Lundström, Mari
Organisation Aalto University
Project title Towards Sustainable Gold Recovery from Tailings (GoldTail)
Decision No. 319691
Decision date 31.08.2018
Funding period 01.10.2018 - 30.09.2021
Funding 333 768
Project description
The GoldTail project aims at the sustainable gold recovery from underutilized mining waste tailings by the application of cyanide-free methods, through a joint collaboration between Aalto University (Finland) and Witwatersrand University (South Africa). GoldTail targets high yield-high purity gold extraction from low concentration gold tailings with low chemical and energy consumption by gold leaching in chloride and alternatively in ionic liquid media. Gold recovery is supported by in-situ recovery on 3D carbon electrodes, whilst the application of selective gaseous gold extraction will also be explored. GoldTail promotes the material efficiency by turning side-streams into a feasible raw materials.