Recovery of gold from electronic waste using chemical assisted microbial biosorption (hybrid) technique

Bioresour Technol. 2018 Jan;247:1189-1192. doi: 10.1016/j.biortech.2017.08.212. Epub 2017 Sep 2.


The aim of present study was to develop a modified method of gold recovery from e-waste. Selective biosorption of gold from contact point of printed circuit board was achieved by using the combination of ammonium thiosulfate (AT) and Lactobacillus acidophilus (LA).Improvement in biosorption was due to the π-π interaction and resultant change in amide absorption bond between AT and LA, as evidenced by infrared spectroscopy. Selection was justified by some basic postulates of ionic radii and confirmed by inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectroscopy. This methodology provides a unique leaching-sorption method for gold recovery and 85% of gold was recovered (from AT leachant) by the proposed combination.

Keywords: Biosorption; E-waste; Gold; Hybrid; Lactobacillus acidophilus.

MeSH terms

  • Electronic Waste*
  • Gold*
  • Recycling


  • Gold