• 3 minutes Cyberattack Forces Shutdown Of Largest Gasoline Pipeline In United States - Zero Hedge
  • 7 minutes The Painful Death of Coal
  • 11 minutes Forecasts for Natural Gas
  • 2 hours 1 in 5 electric vehicle owners in California switched back to gas because charging their cars is a hassle, new research shows
  • 30 mins U.S. Presidential Elections Status - Electoral Votes
  • 16 hours .
  • 5 hours GREEN NEW DEAL = BLIZZARD OF LIES
  • 21 hours *****5 STAR Article by Irina Slav - "The Ugly Truth About Renewable Power"
  • 23 hours Сryptocurrency predictions
  • 28 mins Is the Republican Party going to perpetuate lies about the 2020 election and attempt to whitewash what happened on January 6th?
  • 1 hour CRAPPIFORNIA DOES IT AGAIN! California proposes to steer new homes from gas appliances
  • 20 hours Joe Biden's Presidency
  • 11 hours How US Capitalism Uses Nationalism
  • 4 days European gas market to 2040 according to Platts Analitics
Why Exxon And Chevron Are Not Going All-Out In The Permian

Why Exxon And Chevron Are Not Going All-Out In The Permian

America’s two largest oil companies…

Oil Moves Higher On Largest Crude Draw Since January

Oil Moves Higher On Largest Crude Draw Since January

Oil prices moved higher after…

Scientists: Bacteria Could Be Used To Source Copper

US and Brazil-based researchers have published a new study where they outline what they deem a ‘more efficient and safer’ alternative to sourcing copper via bacteria.

The paper was published in the journal Science Advances and in their discussion, the scientists provide conclusive evidence of how a copper-resistant bacterium found in a copper mine in Brazil transforms copper sulfate (CuSO4) ions into zero-valent Cu or metallic copper.

“By putting the bacteria inside an electronic microscope, we were able to figure out the physics and analyze it. We found out the bacteria were isolating single atom copper,” Francisco C. Robles Hernandez, co-author of the study, said in a media statement. “In terms of chemistry, this is extremely difficult to derive. Typically, harsh chemicals are used in order to produce single atoms of any element. This bacterium is creating it naturally. That is very impressive.”

According to Robles and his colleague Debora Rodrigues, the novelty of this discovery is that microbes in the environment can easily transform copper sulfate into zero-valent single-atom copper. This is a breakthrough because the current synthetic process to achieve the same result is usually not clean, labor-intensive and expensive.

“The microbes utilize a unique biological pathway with an array of proteins that can extract copper (II) (Cu2+) and convert it into single-atom zero-valent copper (Cu0). The aim of the microbes is to create a less toxic environment for themselves by converting the ionic copper into single-atom copper, but at the same time they make something that is beneficial for us too,” Rodrigues said.

Related: Goldman: Oil To Hit $80 On Largest Ever Demand Jump

In the scientists’ view, these results suggest that the conversion process could be an alternative to produce single atoms of metallic copper in a safer and more efficient way, compared to current methods such as chemical vapor deposition, sputtering and femtosecond laser ablation.

“We have only worked with one bacterium, but that may not be the only one out there that performs a similar function,” Rodrigues said. “The next step for this particular research is harvesting the copper from these cells and using it for practical applications.”

The research team believes these findings may be key to addressing supply challenges derived from the limited availability of high-grade copper in Earth’s crust and the need for intensive smelting and production processes that require sulfur dioxide and nitrogen dioxide to obtain concentrate in useful quantities. 

By Mining.com

More Top Reads From Oilprice.com:



Join the discussion | Back to homepage



Leave a comment

Leave a comment

Oilprice - The No. 1 Source for Oil & Energy News