|About this Abstract
||Part C-3: Processing of Critical Metals
||Hydrothermal Modification of Phosphogypsum to Improve Subsequent Recovery of Rare Earths
||Volha Yahorava, Eugene Lakay, Jakolien Adriana Strauss, Wilma Clark
|On-Site Speaker (Planned)
Mintek has developed a non-destructive Resin-in-Leach method for the recovery of Rare Earth Elements (REE) from phosphogypsum (PG) waste dumps. However, PG from different sources was found to be highly variable in terms of REE recovery and physical properties. Development of a pre-treatment process was initiated to improve the robustness of the current REE recovery process in order to render it effective for any type of PG.
Extensive research into the mineralogy of REE associations with PG revealed that the majority of REE are trapped inside phosphogypsum clusters which inhibits their recovery. Hydrothermal treatment of PG-containing slurry was found to result in re-crystallisation of gypsum with the release of REE phases encapsulated in it. This process was tested on various PG samples and subsequent REE recoveries improved from 5 to 80%. This approach carries a large potential for unlocking value associated with gypsum dumps worldwide.
||Planned: At-meeting proceedings