Innovations in Metal Biorecovery

This online event will consider several approaches to metal biorecovery.

Event Details


10.00 - 12.00



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By some estimates known supplies of certain key metals will be exhausted in around 50 years (Jowitt, et al., 2020). Given their essential role in electronics, energy, transport and communication it is important that we develop effective means to reuse and recycle these critical resources. However, in many instances, those precious metals are present in complex environments and waste streams which can make their recovery challenging and costly.

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Innovations in metal biorecovery offer promising opportunities to tackle this widespread challenge. They include an array of technologies which harness the power of micro-organisms and plants to recover valuable resources and detoxify environmental contaminants including those in soil, water and industrial effluents. These organisms use natural processes to adsorb, accumulate and extract valuable metals, offering sustainable, low cost alternatives to traditional approaches.

Who is this online event for?

All stakeholders active/interested in the sector, including industry with specific challenges, as well as innovative solution providers developing new technologies around the bio recovery of metals.


This online event will consider several approaches to metal biorecovery with presentations from:

  • Dr Leigh Cassidy, Lead Scientist – SEM
  • Dr Virginia Echavarri-Bravo, Faraday Institution Research Fellow, University of Edinburgh
  • Prof Jonathan Lloyd, Manchester University
  • Other speakers TBC

To encourage dialogue and collaboration, presentations will be followed by themed breakout spaces bringing together a diverse mix of stakeholders including challenge holders and solution providers.


10.00 – Welcome and Introduction (BCB team)
10.05 – Prof. John Lloyd – Department of Earth and Environmental Science – University of Manchester
10.25 – Dr Leigh Cassidy, Lead Scientist – SEM
10.40 – Dr Virginia Echavarri-Bravo, Faraday Institution Research Fellow – University of Edinburgh
10.55 – Dr Kalani Kariyawasam, Biochemist – Johnson Matthey
11.10 – Q&A
11.25 – Breakout Rooms 
11.55 – Wrap Up 
12.00 – Close

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