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RECOVERY OF NOBLE METALS FROM JEWELLERY WASTES

RECOVERY OF NOBLE METALS FROM JEWELLERY WASTES

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RECOVERY OF NOBLE METALS FROM JEWELLERY WASTES

By Richard Kadiambuji Kady Mbaya

Submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree

MAGISTER TECHNOLOGIAE: CHEMICAL ENGINEERING

In the Department of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering FACULTY OF ENGINEERING TSHWANE UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY

Supervisor: Prof J.H. POTGIETER Co-Supervisor: Dr S.S. POTGIETER

March 2004

DECLARATION BY CANDIDATE

“I hereby declare that the dissertation/thesis submitted for M Tech: Chemical Eng
RECOVERY OF NOBLE METALS FROM JEWELLERY WASTES

By Richard Kadiambuji Kady Mbaya

Submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree

MAGISTER TECHNOLOGIAE: CHEMICAL ENGINEERING

In the Department of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering FACULTY OF ENGINEERING TSHWANE UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY

Supervisor: Prof J.H. POTGIETER Co-Supervisor: Dr S.S. POTGIETER

March 2004

DECLARATION BY CANDIDATE

“I hereby declare that the dissertation/thesis submitted for M Tech: Chemical Eng

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Processes for the extraction of gold have improved dramatically over the

years. The latest developments in gold beneficiation technology have not

only reflected the economic aspects in terms of increased efficiency and

reduced costs, but also addressed the environmental aspects, particularly

with regard to gaseous emissions and liquid effluents discharged from gold

plants (Prassad et al., 1991:1260). The dissolution of gold by alkaline

cyanide remains the most common method of extraction of gold from its

ores. However, many gold ores do not respond very well to the

conventional cyanidation process. Such ores are referred to as refractory

ores, and are characterized by low gold recoveries and high cyanide

consumptions when subjected to direct cyanide leaching (Prassad et al.,

1991:1260).

These ores are subjected to oxidation pretreatment methods such as

roasting, chemical oxidation, pressure oxidation and bio-oxidation prior to

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cyanidation. Furthermore, there is general interest in replacing cyanide by

lixiviants which are non-toxic and environmentally safe.

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