Recovery of valuable metals from mining and mineral processing waste

Marinela Panayotova, Vladko Panayotov, H. Herdiansyah, A. Sodri
2020 E3S Web of Conferences  
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
more » ... l 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.
doi:10.1051/e3sconf/202021102009 fatcat:gxeds3t73ng7xjzpwg5fyw6rsy