|About this Abstract
||Part C-2: Gordon Ritcey Symposium: Advances in Hydrometallurgical Solution Purification Separations, sponsored by Purolite
||Antimony and Bismuth Control in Copper Electrolyte by Ion Exchange
||Katerina Kryst, Phillip (Rocky) Simmons
|On-Site Speaker (Planned)
Antimony and bismuth are two of the elements that need to be removed from copper electrolyte to ensure a trouble free operation as well as to maintain copper cathode purity. One method to control these impurities is the use of aminophosphonic ion exchange resins. Antimony is present as both Sb(iii) and Sb(v). Sb(v) is very difficult to remove from these resins, requiring excess amounts of highly concentrated hydrochloric acid. In industry this affinity of Sb(v) for the resin causes a buildup of Sb(v) and degrading resin performance due to continual reduction of resin capacity. A new method for regeneration of aminophosphonic resins loaded with Sb(v) has been developed, which utilizes catalytic regeneration of the resin. Ion exchange can then be utilized for continual control of Sb and Bi in copper electrolyte.
||Planned: At-meeting proceedings