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Dr Carmen Falagan Rodriguez

Research Fellow

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I am working in the project NEMO: Near-zero-waste recycling of low-grade sulphidic mining waste for critical-metal, mineral and construction raw-material production in a circular economy. My primary research focuses on developing and testing innovative bio-leaching processes using acidophilic microorganisms. More information about the project can be found in this link.

I collaborated in the project Metal-microb-mineral interactions and biomineralization mechanisms in acidophilic anaerobes: Geochemical, microbiological and biotechnological implications in collaboration with the Geological Survey of Spain and the Penn State University. You can find project outcomes in this link.

Within my research I study how to recover valuable metals from different ores and concentrates, and mine wastes, using acidophilic microorganisms in the process known as bioleaching. I have also done research on bioremediation of acid mine drainage and isolation and characterized of new species of acidophilic microorganisms. My research interestest are in environmental microbiology of extreme environments such acidic mine pit lakes or the seabed in Antarctica, metal-microbe interactions in extreme environments and bioremediation use of microorganisms to remove pollutans from the environment. and their use on biotechnological applications such as biomining, and bioremediation.

Research interests:
 
    Extreme environments: acidic environments, hydrothermal vents, seabed sediments.
    Resource recovery from waste.
    Bioleaching and biohydrometallurgy.
    Climate change.
    Bioremediation.