Saturday, September 26, 2020
Bioprocessing of Ores and Fossil Fuels




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Group Leader:

Dr. Kalsoom Akhter

Dy. Chief Scientist


Team Members:

  • Ms. Nasrin Akhter    (SS)
  • Ph.D. Students        2
  • M.Phil. Students      1


The domain of this group (BOF) is exploiting biotechnological approaches in non-renewable resource sectors, like minerals and fossil fuels. The main objectives of BOF are to develop biotechnological processes for the extraction of valuable metals from low-grade ores or wastes (microbial leaching) and their removal/recovery from leach liquors and industrial waste effluents using microbial biosorbents (bioseparation technology) effectively and economically. BOF is also engaged in biodesulphurization of indigenous fossil fuels i.e. coal & petroleum to meet our sulphur free fuel requirements for the future.  Existence of sulfur compounds in indigenous fuels limits its industrial application due to environmental as well as technical problems 

300 tonnes coal

heap at Askari

Cement, Nizampur


GCMS analysis of DBT

desulphurization metabolites

 using isolate Eu-32



 Salient Facilities:

  • GCMS
  • Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometer (AAS)
  • Fourier Transform Infra Red Spectrophotometer (FTIR)
  • Elemental Analyzer (CHNS)
  • Capillary Electrophoresis (CE)
  • Bomb Calorimeter
  • Potentostat Galvanostat



The research work is supported by grants from the agencies named below

  • Saindak Metals Limited, Government of Pakistan
  • Ministry of Science and Technology
  • International Atomic Energy Agency
  • Higher Education Commission
  • TWAS, Trieste, Italy
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