Mushroom News: Recycling lithium and cobalt from batteries

A team of researchers from University of South Florida led by Jeffrey Cunningham are developing a method for recovering the metals from scrapped rechargeable batteries using fungi. Cunningham presented his paper to the 252nd National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society this week.

https://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/pressroom/newsreleases/2016/august/fungi-recycle-rechargeable-lithium-ion-batteries.html

Many mushrooms are known to be bio-accummulators of metals and have been used for bioremediation on polluted land. Cunningham and his team are using the fungi to recover the metals before they reach the landfill.

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