Thiosulfate leaching of gold from waste mobile phones

Vinh, H H and Lee, Jae-chun and Jeong, Jinki and Huyunh, Trung Hai and Jha, Manis K (2010) Thiosulfate leaching of gold from waste mobile phones. Journal of Hazardous Materials, 178 (1-3). pp. 1115-1119.

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The present communication deals with the leaching of gold from the printed circuit boards (PCBs) of waste mobile phones using an effective and less hazardous system, i.e., a copper-ammonia-thiosulfate solution, as an alternative to the conventional and toxic cyanide leaching of gold. The influence of thiosulfate, ammonia and copper sulfate concentrations on the leaching of gold from PCBs of waste mobile phones was investigated. Gold extraction was found to be enhanced with solutions containing 15-20 mM cupric, 0.1-0.14M thiosulfate, and 0.2-0.3 M ammonia. Similar trends were obtained for the leaching of gold from two different types of scraps and PCBs of waste mobile phones. From the scrap samples, 98% of the gold was leached out using a solution containing 20 mM copper, 0.12 M thiosulfate and 0.2 M ammonia. Similarly, the leaching of gold from the PCBs samples was also found to be good, but it was lower than that of scrap samples in similar experimental conditions. In this case, only 90% of the gold was leached, even with a contact time of 10 h. The obtained data will be useful for the development of processes for the recycling of gold from waste mobile phones. (C) 2010 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

Item Type:Article
Official URL/DOI:DOI: 10.1016/j.jhazmat.2010.01.099
Uncontrolled Keywords:Gold; Thiosulfate leaching; Mobile phone; PCBs; Recycling
Divisions:Metal Extraction and Forming
ID Code:3322
Deposited On:13 Jul 2011 11:18
Last Modified:17 Feb 2012 17:23
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