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Precious Metal Processing Crustaceans
By Charles Kubach, Mine-Engineer.Com
February 6, 2014
Crustaceans are a large group of animals that encompass crabs, lobsters, crayfish, shrimp, and a host of others. They have a exoskeleton (shell), which they shed as they grow. It is their shell that has fascinated a group of researchers in Mississauga, Canada, who discovered that it has an affinity for precious metal particles.
In fact, they claim that they can process old gold mine tailings (material left from processing gold ore) and recover up to 80% of the very fine micron sized particles contained in the tailings. They do this by tweaking the properties of the shells and using them to trap the fine precious metal particles. They further treat the water so that it is suitable for use in aggricultural settings. Currently, they have a small plant in South Africa, which is probably being used to develop the process and determine just how efficient and effective this Lobster Recovery for precious metals actually is. After all, it is the cost of processing versus the value received that eventually determines the effectiveness of any commercial process, and on that, the jury is still out.
However, it is a most interesting development and definately a great example of "out of the box" thinking, that typically leads to all great discoveries. I hope it works out, economically, for them, as it has other applications as well. For instance, they have set up a waste water treatment plant in Mexico to determine the effectiveness of treating water runoff at a landfill.
NannoStruck can be located on the internet at http://www.nanostruck.com/, and by mail at
NanoStruck, 2660 Meadowvale Boulevard, Unit 6B, Mississauga, Ontario L5N 6M6.
Here's to golden lobsters, silver shrimp and platinum crabs, the stuff of dreams.
That is the dreamworld version of the fluff presented by the company, NanoStruck, without one shred of scientific explanation of how crustaceans have a preference for precious metals as oposed to all other fine particulates. Or, how about how crustaceon shells could even be used for filtration, in the first place. Diatomaceous earth, composed of the silica based skeletons has been used for almost a century for filtering micron particles, and it is called a precoat on a filter. Diatomaceous earth is reality, until NanoStruck gives some reasonable intelligent explanation of their process, it is a fantasy, and NanoStruck may be NanoScam, to their investors, anyway.
I have never seen a legitimate company that anounces a "new process" that gives no scientific evidence and explanation of how it works, unless, it does not and it is all a sham. A NanoSham, perhaps. No science, no way.
Chemists, legitimate chemists, have for decades developed chemical flocculants which do have a preference for certain elemental compounds, and they anounced the products with sufficient technical details that actually contained science, and testing results to document their product. Nano offers glorified fluff, that is usually reserved for marketing, composed of seven figure per anum, pompus, individuals, looking for a gullible public.
So, as one commercial of the 1980's used to lament, "Where's the beef?" NanoStruck, or have they struck gold in the investment community? We in mining are quite versed in science, and can hardly wait for your technical details, if there are any.
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