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An integrated sequential biological leaching process for enhanced recovery of metals from decoked spent petroleum refinery catalyst: A comparative study

Srichandan, H., Singh, S., Blight, K., Pathak, A., Kim, D.J., Lee, S. and Lee, S.W. (2015) An integrated sequential biological leaching process for enhanced recovery of metals from decoked spent petroleum refinery catalyst: A comparative study. International Journal of Mineral Processing, 134 . pp. 66-73.

Link to Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.minpro.2014.11.002
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Abstract

We report on the effectiveness of a two-stage sequential integrated bioleaching process for enhanced recovery of metals from decoked spent petroleum catalyst. Fourier transform-infrared spectra confirmed that decoking led to removal of entrained hydrocarbons and carbonaceous deposits from the raw spent catalyst. Several two-stage sequential leaching strategies (two-stage bioleaching, two-stage abiotic leaching, bioleaching followed by alkali leaching, alkali leaching followed by acid leaching, and two-stage alkali leaching) were evaluated in batch reactors. The results suggested that two-stage bioleaching (240 h) with Acidithiobacillus thiooxidans was the most effective strategy to recover Ni (79%) and V (90%). Whereas integrating bioleaching with alkaline leaching remarkably improved leaching yield of Mo (88%) in a shorter period of time (125 h). A mineral liberation analysis of the treated residue also confirmed that most of the Mo was leach out during second stage alkali leaching.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Engineering and Information Technology
Publisher: Elsevier B.V.
Copyright: © 2014 Elsevier B.V.
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/24789
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