Advances in the methods for gold and silver recovery from refractory ores
Keywords:Gold, Silver, Cyanidation, Pressure oxidation, Refractory ores, Lead recycling, Lead wastes
Recent research work in hydrometallurgical processes for precious metals recovery from refractory ores is analyzed. Advantages and applications are discussed. Likewise, two methods, one stage direct pressure oxidation/cyanidation and pyrometallurgical recovery, are also described. In the first one, gold and silver oxidation and recovery can be carried out in the same reactor simultaneously. A higher than 96 % recovery in less than 90 min can be achieved. As for the pyrometallurgical recovery method, lead paste from automotive discharged batteries is use and no sulfur dioxide is generated. A precious metals recovery higher than 96 % is reached.
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