Extraction of copper from small electronic devices populated on discarded PCBs

Anjan Kumari, Rajendra Prasad Singh, Manis Kumar Jha, Vinay Kumar
2013 Zenodo  
Metal Extraction and Forming Division, National Metallurgical Laboratory, Jamshedpur-831 007, Jharkhand, India E-mail : mkjha@nmlindia.org Fax : 91-657-2345213 Metallurgical and Materials Engineering Department, National Institute of Technology, Jamshedpur-831 014, Jharkhand, India With the technological development, the demand for electric and electronic equipment (EEE) is increasing rapidly worldwide. Printed circuit boards (PCBs) is one of the essential parts of all the EEEs which contains
more » ... rge number of small components for different applications. Huge amount of such small components are generated during PCBs production as well as after its end of life. Recycling and reuse of these devices from waste circuit boards is essential to conserve the resources and avoid environmental problem. Present study shows the recovery of valuable copper from small electronic devices such as capacitor, LED, MOSFET etc. populated on discarded PCBs. The crushed samples were leached using nitric acid. 99% copper dissolution was observed at elevated temperature, pulp density of 15 g/L in 60 min with stirring speed of 300 rpm. The metals or its salt can be further produced from the leach liquor by the process of precipitation, evaporation, solvent extraction etc.
doi:10.5281/zenodo.5792701 fatcat:aqf3jd2zknhgxam6druvefxrxu