Microbial solutions for mining industry


Victor Pylro

With this project we aim to improve the efficiency and sustainability of copper enrichment process, by employing biosurfactants during the flotation step, in replacement of its synthetic toxic analogue.

Research category
Technology development
Main disciplines
Microbiology, Microbial ecology, Biochemistry, Bioinformatics
Main topics
Microbial ecology, microbial biotechnology, biosurfact production optmization
Reasearch team
  • Victor Pylro, PhD Microbiology, René Rachou Research Centre
  • Juliane Medeiros, Master Genetics, René Rachou Research Centre
  • Luiz Fernando Wurdig Roesch, PhD Microbial Ecology, Universidade Federal do Pampa - UNIPAMPA
  • Marcos Tótola, PhD Microbial Ecology/Soil Microbiology, Universidade Federal de Viçosa
  • Daniel Morais, Ph.D. Microbial communities, Rene Rachou Research Center – FIOCRUZ
  • Rabelo Leite Laura , phd student bioinformatics, Federal University of Minas Gerais
Public academic partners
René Rachou Research Center (FIOCRUZ-MINAS)
Private industrial partners
Vale SA
Civil society partners
Public stakeholders and collectivities
Mining companies (e.g. Vale SA, SAMARCO, etc).
Project duration
24 Months

Project valorisation

Publication in which journal, colloquiums, national or international restitution workshops, books, film *
Biosurfactants applicable in the mining industry.