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Aleksander S. Ignatovich
Aleksander S. Ignatovich
Postgraduate Student
Saint Petersburg Mining University
Postgraduate Student
Saint Petersburg Mining University
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Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology
  • Date submitted
    2021-06-15
  • Date accepted
    2021-10-18
  • Date published
    2021-10-29

Study on hydrometallurgical recovery of copper and rhenium in processing of substandard copper concentrates

Over the past decade, there has been a steady growth in demand for rare metals, with rhenium being one of the most highly demanded, but also one of the most expensive and difficult to obtain. The high demand for rhenium is due to its use as a key component of metallurgical alloys or as a component of catalysts used in the oil refining industry. The aggregate of facts causes profitability of processing of the rhenium-containing mineral resources, which also are the copper substandard concentrates obtained at processing of the Zhezkazgan sandstones. The study focuses on the processes of extraction of copper and sorption recovery of rhenium from solutions of ammonia leaching of copper substandard concentrates. Model solutions similar in the elemental composition to solutions of ammonia leaching solutions of copper substandard concentrates obtained during the processing of Zhezkazgan sandstones were used as an object of the study. The paper estimates extraction characteristics of copper recovery using LIX 84-I solution in kerosene, as well as sorption characteristics of the rhenium recovery process using the Purolite PPA100 anion exchanger. Based on the obtained characteristics the possibility of hydrometallurgical processing of ammonia leaching solutions of substandard copper-sulfide concentrates, and recovery of the obtained commercial products is shown.

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Denis S. Lutskiy, Aleksander S. Ignatovich (2021) Study on hydrometallurgical recovery of copper and rhenium in processing of substandard copper concentrates. Journal of Mining Institute. Vol 251. p. 723-729. DOI: 10.31897/PMI.2021.5.11