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Oxidation of copper sulfides in Aqueous Ammonia. II. electrochemical aspects

Filmer, A.O., MacLeod, I.D. and Parker, A.J. (1979) Oxidation of copper sulfides in Aqueous Ammonia. II. electrochemical aspects. Australian Journal of Chemistry, 32 (5). pp. 975-987.

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The oxidation of covellite, CuS, to copper(II) and sulfur or sulfate ions in aqueous ammonia is slowed by the formation of an equilibrium thickness of a copper polysulfide Cuss (y < 1). The polysulfideis thermally and electrochemically unstable when in contact with CuS. A surface coating of sulfur, although formed, is not responsible for the semi-passivation of CuS during oxidation. Cyclic voltammetry, controlled potential electrolysis, linear sweep voltammetry, and various amperiometric and coulometric experiments with electrodes of pressed CuS, of carbon paste containing CuS and or a carbon ring with a CuS disc have been used to study the formation or decomposition of Cuss and its effect on rates of oxidation or CuS in aqueous ammonia. CuS-carbon paste electrodes offer some advantages over pressed discs of CuS for such studies.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences
Publisher: Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization Publishing
Copyright: © 1979 CSIRO
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