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Converting PGM Colored Salts With Zinc

Converting PGM Colored Salts With Zinc

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Converting PGM Colored Salts With Zinc
Converting PGM Colored Salts With Zinc

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Published by: AFLAC ............ on Dec 26, 2010
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I have tried using zinc to reduce my ammonium chloride PGM salts and found that it works just as youdescribed. It was really no surprise that it worked, it's just amazed me that it worked so well!The four times I've used zinc and dilute HCl to reduce my PGM salts I was initially worried that I didnot see a noticeable reaction with the PGM salt as I added the zinc and it began to dissolve. I stirredand added more zinc as needed and then all at once the color shifted to the drab green color and thePGM salt quickly converted to a nice gray mass.Here's a snapshot of the final precipitate:I like this method way better than calcining. The one thing I noticed is that when I melted the resultingmetal I got a distinct blue residue on the surrounding firebrick. Do you know what this blue may have been from? I washed the precipitated PGM with dilute HCl to remove any excess zinc, so I'm at a lossas to where the blue came from. The PGM in question was Platinum, and the source scrap was Pt/Ir 90/10.
 
Here's a shot of the firebrick that was over the top of the crucible showing the blue color in question:I have not seen this color before when melting Pt metal when the Pt salt is calcined, so I assume it'slikely residual zinc. What do you think? I did not see any 'zinc cobwebs' when melting the sponge.SteveHere it is:1. Precipitate the PGM salt and vacuum filter it free of solution, rinsing with dilute ammonium chloridesolution as typical with PGM precipitations. For Pd salts redissolve in aqua ammonia, filter, and precipitate with HCl before proceeding. This will remove most of the Pt, Ir, and base metals from thePd salt.2. Rinse the PGM salt into a large beaker with a spray bottle.3. Mix up a solution of HCl and water (3 volumes of water to 1 volume of 31% HCl) in a separate beaker and stir.

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