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Title (Primary) Elimination of heavy metals from process waters of the bioleaching process by electrolysis
Author Fischer, R.; Seidel, H.; Rahner, D.; Morgenstern, P.; Löser, C.;
Journal Journal of Soils and Sediments
Year 2002
Department UBT; ANA; SANA; SAN;
Volume 2
Issue 4
Language englisch;
Abstract

The investigations into the membrane electrolysis cell show that electrochemical metal separation from bioleaching process waters can represent a practical alternative for metal separation by alcalization, Coal and platinized titanium material exhibit good anodic resistance at the current densities tested. By contrast, high-grade steel and to some extent lead anodes were dissolved and are hence unsuitable for this purpose. However, for practical application, suitable ways are required to discharge the precipitates containing heavy metals deposited on the electrodes from the electrolysis cell and to prevent membrane clogging. Regarding the main components zinc, manganese, and nickel, the combination electrodes proved to be suitable for eliminating the heavy metals from the aqueous phase.

Another way of treating diluted process waters containing sulphuric acidic and heavy metals is to concentrate the sulphuric acid in the anode region and to precipitate the heavy metals in the cathode region. The sulphuric acid recovered could then be returned to the leaching process, hence avoiding wastewater.

ID 5471
Persistent UFZ Identifier https://www.ufz.de/index.php?en=20939&ufzPublicationIdentifier=5471
Fischer, R., Seidel, H., Rahner, D., Morgenstern, P., Löser, C. (2002):
Elimination of heavy metals from process waters of the bioleaching process by electrolysis
J. Soils Sediments 2 (4), 166 - 168