Selective Separation of Similar Metals in Chloride Solution by Sulfide Precipitation Under Controlled Potential
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A new process of sulfide precipitation under controlled potential was proposed to separate selectively similar metals in a Bis(2-ethylhexyl) phosphoric acid (P204) stripping solution of the Co extraction system. Theoretical calculations revealed that Cu2+, Co2+, Zn2+, and Mn2+ could be separated by fractional precipitation with sulfide by controlling the solution potential and pH value simultaneously. The results demonstrated a Cu precipitation ratio reaching 99.9% during sulfide precipitation of Cu at the potential of 330 mV; the Cu/Co mass ratio in the Cu precipitate was 224. The Co precipitation ratio in the xanthate precipitation of Co, at a potential of 170 mV, was 99.9%, and the Co/Zn mass ratio in the Co precipitate was 28.0. The Zn precipitation ratio reached 99.9% for sulfide precipitation of Zn at the potential of 30 mV, and the Zn/Mn mass ratio in the Zn precipitate was 1.41. The Mn precipitation ratio reached 99.9% after neutralization.
The authors acknowledge the support of the Young Scientists Fund of National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 51404296) and the Postdoctoral Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 2016M602427). We also thank the Jinchuan New Material Technology Limited Company for providing the raw material.
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