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Innovative biotechnological methods for effective mining of secondary material

To secure a future metal supply is one of Europe’s biggest challenges. The BIOMIMIC project develops cost-effective technology to extract metals in waste streams - metals that are currently deposited or end up as hazardous waste.

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Aim and goal
The main goal is to create and validate new biotechnological metallurgical methods that have the potential to concentrate metals in a diluted solution while the remainder is free of toxic substances.

The project addresses problems regarding complex waste processes where the metals are present in low concentrations.

BIOMIMIC will result in biotechnological methods for metal extraction from hazardous waste using specially developed microorganisms as well as new innovative reactor design. The process for efficiently and selectively extracting metals is simultaneously developed and evaluated while removing sulfate from the residual water.

The overall expected impact of BIOMIMIC include:

  1. pushing the EU to the forefront in the areas of sustainable exploitation and processing technologies and solutions
  2. improving competitiveness, creation of added value and new jobs
  3. unlocking a substantial volume of various raw materials enabling better efficiency of exploitation of raw materials’ resources and increasing the range and yields of recovered raw materials (including water and energy consumption) and reduced environmental footprint
  4. training of scientists and engineers to exploit BIOMIMIC findings and
  5. contribution to achieving the objectives of the ERA-MIN roadmap and the EIP on Raw Materials.


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RISE role in project


Project start


29 months

Total budget

1,1 M Euro


A full list of project partners and consortium members - from Sweden, Germany, Ireland and Hungary


Vinnova, Sweden, EPA Environmental Protection Agency, Ireland, Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forshung, Germany, ERA-MIN 2, a part of the European Commission’s Research and Innovation programme Horizon 2020

The UN sustainable development goals

6. Clean water and sanitation
9. Industry, innovation and infrastructure
12. Responsible consumption and production

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Project members

Karin Willquist

Contact person

Karin Willquist

Senior forskare

+46 10 516 59 63

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