Journal of Applied Electrochemistry

, Volume 17, Issue 6, pp 1129–1143 | Cite as

Characterization of impurity effects in zinc electrowinning from industrial acid sulphate electrolyte

  • D. J. Mackinnon
  • J. M. Brannen
  • P. L. Fenn


The individual effects of 15 impurities and their interaction with glue on zinc electrowinning from industrial acid sulphate electrolyte were characterized in terms of deposit morphology and preferred deposit orientation and in terms of current efficiency and zinc deposition polarization behaviour. The current efficiency decreased in a cyclical manner with increasing atomic number of the impurity element in each period of the periodic table. This decrease in current efficiency can be correlated to a corresponding increase in the rate of hydrogen evolution on the impurity metal. The various impurities produced four distinct zinc deposit morphologies and orientations and also produced characteristic changes in the cyclic voltammograms for the zinc deposition.


Hydrogen Zinc Atomic Number Cyclic Voltammograms Individual Effect 
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© Chapman and Hall Ltd. 1987

Authors and Affiliations

  • D. J. Mackinnon
    • 1
  • J. M. Brannen
    • 1
  • P. L. Fenn
    • 1
  1. 1.Metallurgical Chemistry Section, Mineral Sciences Laboratories, CANMETEnergy, Mines and Resources CanadaOttawaCanada

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