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This, the 7th International Symposium on Biohydrometallurgy (Biohydromet '14), was organised by MEI with Prof Sue Harrison, Dr Patrick d'Hugues and Dr Chris Bryan and was sponsored by FLSmidth & International Mining.


Themes of Biohydromet '14

Biohydromet '14 focused on the latest developments in the field of biohydrometallurgy: the development, optimisation and application of integrated biomining process operations for mineral ores, including low grade and complex ores; the microbiology of biomining and the application of biohydrometallurgy to novel resources (such as mine and electronic wastes) and the (bio)remediation of mining-impacted environments.

1. Biomining Process Development:

  • Development and optimisation of biohydrometallurgy processes, including sub-processes of biohydrometallurgy, reactor systems, hydrodynamics and modelling
  • Associated Unit operations, Up- and Downstream processing (including waste management) etc.

2. The Microbiology of Biomining:

  • Microbial ecology and succession, both description and kinetics
  • Microbial consortia and bioprospecting,
  • Certain fundamental aspects.

3. Biohydrometallurgy Applications:

  • Biomining (i.e. Bioleaching, Biooxidation) applications - both heap and tank
  • Novel and potential resources (e.g. electronic and other metallic wastes)
  • Bioremediation applications (e.g. the treatment, prevention and prediction of AMD, metal recovery from wastes etc.)
  • Other biotechnologies in mining and metallurgical industries.

delegates on the coastal walk
Delegates on the coastal walk


Keynote Lectures

Prof. Barrie Johnson, Professor of Environmental Biotechnology at Bangor University, UK, presented a keynote lecture "Biomining in reverse gear: using bacteria to extract metals from oxidized ores".

Barrie is a Fellow of the Learned Socierty of Wales, Industrial Research Fellow of the Royal Society and head of the Bangor Acidophile Research team.

Barrie Johnson


Dr. Corale Brierley presented the 2nd keynote, entitled "Integrating biohydrometallurgy in contemporary mine production".

Dr. Brierley is internationally recognized from a 30+-year career, comprising 20 years as an international consultant; two years with Newmont Mining Corporation as Head of Environmental Process Development; eight years of managing Advanced Minerals Technology Inc., and 10 years of applied research and development at New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology. Dr. Brierley is the 2008 recipient of AIME’s James Douglas Gold Medal Award, which recognizes distinguished achievement in nonferrous metallurgy, and the 2011 recipient of the Society of Mining Engineers’ Milton E. Wadsworth Award, which recognizes distinguished contributions that advance our understanding of the science and technology of non-ferrous chemical metallurgy.

Brierley Corale



Biohydromet '14 was organised by MEI in consultation with with Prof Sue Harrison, Dr Patrick d'Hugues and Dr Chris Bryan.

Sue Harrison
Sue Harrison

Sue Harrison has some 20 years experience in research in bioprocess engineering, gained in the industrial and academic arenas. She heads the Centre for Bioprocess Engineering Research (CeBER) at the University of Cape Town (South Africa) and collaborates actively with researchers at the universities of Mumbai, Cambridge University and Imperial College London and with companies in South Africa and abroad. Since her appointment to the academic staff in 1991 more than 40 MSc and PhD students have been awarded research degrees under her supervision. She was awarded the South African DST Research Chair in Bioprocess Engineering, with effect from 2008.

Patrick d'Hugues
Patrick d'Hugues

Patrick d'Hugues is a microbiologist with a PhD in industrial and applied microbiology. He is currently manages a research team on Waste and Raw Materials at BRGM, the French Geological Survey. Over the last 15 years he has worked on R&D projects dedicated to biotechnology applications on mineral resources and for the environment. He was involved as a technical expert during the commissioning of the KCCL cobalt bioleaching plant (Uganda), and has been involved as a project manager coordinating the EU-funded FP6 Bioshale project (2004-2008). He is currently a project manager of a workpackage on ecoefficient production methods in the FP7 Promine project.

Chris Bryan
Chris Bryan

Chris Bryan is a microbiologist with a PhD in molecular and environmental microbiology and is a Lecturer in Sustainable Mining and Minerals Resourcing at the Environment and Sustainability Institute (ESI), University of Exeter (UK). His primary research focus is on the application of biohydrometallurgy to the recovery of metals from sulfide ores and the genesis of acid mine drainage. He has gained invaluable experience working with various research groups around the world including postdoctoral positions at BRGM with Dr d’Hugues as part of the BioMinE project, and most recently with Prof. Harrison at CeBER.


Past Conferences

"I found my participation at BioHydromet 05 to have been beneficial and am looking forward to Reagents 06. I would like to add that I really liked the "small family approach" very much."
Peter Raine, Strategist, Engen Chemicals


Read the conference reports from past BioHydromet conferences, and check out the technical programmes and delegate lists too:


"The conference [BioHydromet 05] afforded me the opportunity to meet international experts in the field of biohydrometallurgy and I was able to receive clear directions on my on-going research"
Peter Olubambi, Federal University of Technology, Nigeria

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Continuing Professional Development

Biohydromet '14 was certified for Continuing Professional Development.




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