Electrochemistry: the key to understanding hydrometallurgical reactions

Jeffrey, Matthew, Robertson, Sherryl, Zhang, Honguang, and Ho, Elizabeth (2002) Electrochemistry: the key to understanding hydrometallurgical reactions. In: Proceeding of 5th International Symposium Honoring Professor Ian Ritchie (2) pp. 1125-1141. From: Hydrometallurgy 2003 Fifth International Conference in Honor of Professor Ian Ritchie, 24-27 August 2003, Vancouver, Canada.

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Leaching, cemetation, electroplating and flotation are all electrochemical phenomenon. they are also key processes in the hydrometallurgical treatment of metals. Unfortunately electrochemical methods tend to be under-utilized when studying these processes and one possible reason for this is the confusion surrounding the large number of electrchemical techniques available. In this paper four former PhD students of professor Ian Ritchie present an insight into how one electrochemical technique can be used to compliment rate/kinetic studies. The paper details how to perform the experiments, interpret data, and recognize complications with the results. Examples where this approach has been highly successful are presented, and include: cementation of zinc by aluminium, cementation of copper by nickel, cyanide leaching of gold and the cementation of gold theourea by mild steel. The examples illustrate that this universal approach adopted by Ian Ritchie provides the key to understanding the mechanism of many hydrometallurgical reactions.

Item ID: 27123
Item Type: Conference Item (Research - E1)
ISBN: 978-0-87339-554-0
Date Deposited: 16 Aug 2017 04:08
FoR Codes: 03 CHEMICAL SCIENCES > 0302 Inorganic Chemistry > 030204 Main Group Metal Chemistry @ 30%
03 CHEMICAL SCIENCES > 0306 Physical Chemistry (incl Structural) > 030604 Electrochemistry @ 70%
SEO Codes: 85 ENERGY > 8504 Energy Transformation > 850499 Energy Transformation not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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