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The leaching of gold in cyanide solutions in the presence of Impurities I. The effect of lead

Jeffrey, M.I. and Ritchie, I.M. (2000) The leaching of gold in cyanide solutions in the presence of Impurities I. The effect of lead. Journal of The Electrochemical Society, 147 (9). pp. 3257-3262.

Link to Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1149/1.1393892
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Abstract

In the present study, a rotating electrochemical quartz crystal microbalance was used to investigate the effect of lead on the leaching of gold in aerated alkaline cyanide solutions. It was found that the addition of trace amounts of lead substantially increased the leaching rate, and it is believed that the role of lead was to modify the surface of the gold by cementation. Complementary electrochemical studies showed that lead acts in two ways: it reduces the overpotential required for the oxidation of gold and it enhances the reduction of oxygen. Thus, it is likely that bimetallic corrosion was occurring during gold leaching in the presence of lead. The effect of rotation rate, and cyanide and oxygen concentrations were investigated, and it was found that the action of lead was critically dependent on leaching conditions.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: Parker Cooperative Research Centre for Integrated Hydrometallurgy Solutions
Publisher: ECS
Copyright: © 2000 The Electrochemical Society
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/17532
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