Recovery of rare earth elements (REE) from Alaska coal using bacteria

Project Info

Lead Researcher(s)

Tathagata Ghosh, PhD

Project Team

Rajive Ganguli, PhD, PE

Ankur Sachan

Project Summary

This project investigates methods to recover rare earth elements from Alaska coal. To achieve this objective two major tasks will be performed:

  1. Mineralogical and REE content analysis of Alaskan coal and coal by-product feedstocks;
  2. Bio-weathering of Alaskan coal using previously characterized and novel microbial isolates.
  • Mineral Industry Research Laboratory (MIRL)
  • Duckering Building
  • 1760 Tanana Loop
  • PO Box 75 5800
  • Fairbanks, AK 99775-5800, USA