Patent 2008283739

Enrichment process for a PGM-metals containing stream

Abstract

The invention provides an enrichment process for a PGM-group metals containing stream, said process including the steps of contacting activated carbon particles with a PGM-rich stream by contacting the stream with a batch of the particles on a continuous basis, whereby at least some of the PGM-group metals are absorbed from the stream onto active surface sites of the activated carbon and a PGM-metals depleted stream passes out of contact with the activated carbon batch, thereafter stripping the PGM-group metals from the activated carbon batch by means of a concentrated HCI solution as stripping agent, wherein the stripping agent is contacted with the activated carbon batch on a continuous flow basis and the PGM-group metals loaded stripping agent is removed from contact with the activated carbon from which the PGM-group metals have been stripped, and then regenerating the activated carbon batch by washing with water and, if necessary, reactivating the carbon particles.

Information

Australian application number
2008283739
Country
ZA
Status
Granted
Type
Standard
Applicant
Tshwane University of Technology, (ZA)
Application year
2010

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