Selective Leaching

An Ecological Solution for Recovering Metals from Complex Minerals and Materials?

Authored by: Gretchen T. Lapidus

Sustainability in the Mineral and Energy Sectors

Print publication date:  September  2016
Online publication date:  September  2016

Print ISBN: 9781498733021
eBook ISBN: 9781315369853
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The increasing complexity of ores and recycled materials obliges research into innovative methods for metal separation and purification. Selective leaching may offer an ecological alternative or a complement to bulk smelting. The principles involved in determining the most advantageous agent to oxidize, reduce, or sequester a specific metal are discussed. Examples are given for precious and base metal, as well as actinide selective leaching.

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