E3S Web Conf.
Volume 211, 2020The 1st JESSD Symposium: International Symposium of Earth, Energy, Environmental Science and Sustainable Development 2020
|Number of page(s)||8|
|Section||General Environmental Modelling|
|Published online||25 November 2020|
Recovery of valuable metals from mining and mineral processing waste
University of Mining and Geology, Sofia, 1700, Bulgaria.
2 Technical Sciences, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Sofia, 100, Bulgaria.
* Corresponding author: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ammonia-thiosulfate-copper leaching, aided by a direct current electrochemical impact, is proposed to extract gold (Au), silver (Ag) and copper (Cu) from old flotation tailings mixed with waste rock. Over 80 % of Au available in the waste material and over 75 % of Cu and Ag were extracted into the pregnant leach solution (PLS) at room temperature. Electrowinning from that PLS recovered around 92 % of Au and Cu, and about 87 % of Ag in the cathode deposit that is suitable for further metallurgical refining. The results are better, compared to leaching in the same system but without electrochemical impact and at air addition. The proposed direct current aided method is promising and more environmentally friendly compared to cyanide and even to sodium thiosulfate leaching.
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