Special Issue "Microbes Meet Metals"

A special issue of Metals (ISSN 2075-4701).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2018

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Anna H. Kaksonen

CSIRO Land and Water, 147 Underwood Avenue, Floreat, WA 6014, Australia
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Interests: biomining; bioleaching; biooxidation; bioreduction; bioprecipitation; biocorrosion; biogeochemistry; bioflotation; biofouling; biohydrometallurgy; biotechnical treatment

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Microorganisms play an important role in the biogeochemical cycling of various metals. Metals can serve as electron donors and acceptors in energy yielding metabolism and act as co-factors in various enzymes. The capabilities of microbes to oxidise, reduce, solubilize, precipitate, sorb, and accumulate metals have been utilized for a range of biotechnical applications, such as biomining, bioremediation, wastewater treatment and nanoparticle production. These have allowed the recovery of resources from low grade ores and wastes, decreased environmental impacts from metal-containing effluents, and facilitated the generation of nano-scale metal particles for multiple application areas. For this Special Issue, we invite contributions on various aspects of microbe-metal interactions, including, but not limited to, fundamentals of biogeochemical metal cycling, biotechnical applications and ecology of metal cycling microorganisms, and microbial metal tolerance mechanisms.

Dr. Anna Kaksonen
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Metals is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1200 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • bioaccumulation
  • bioflotation
  • biogeochemistry
  • biohydrometallurgy
  • bioleaching
  • biomining
  • biooxidation
  • bioprecipitation
  • biorecovery
  • bioreduction
  • bioremediation
  • biosolubilization
  • biosorption
  • metal tolerance
  • nanoparticles
  • wastewater treatment

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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