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Solvation of ions. Some applications. V. Electrolytic recovery of silver from non-aqueous solutions

Jayasekera, S., Avraamides, J. and Parker, A.J. (1983) Solvation of ions. Some applications. V. Electrolytic recovery of silver from non-aqueous solutions. Australian Journal of Chemistry, 36 (9). pp. 1695-1704.

Link to Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/CH9831695
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Abstract

Electrolysis of a dimethyl sulfoxide solution containing AgCl2- and CuCl2- has been shown to produce high-purity, adherent, non-dendritic cathode silver with a current efficiency of over 80%. At the anode, CuCl2- was oxidized to Cu2+. An optimum electrolyte/solvent system was chosen after a study of the various parameters contributing to the conductivity of the solution. Diffusion coefficients and Tafel slopes were measured, as were the various potentials contributing to the cell voltage. Good silver deposits were obtained by using 0.75 M CaCl2.2H2O, 0.5 M AgCl and 0.5 M CuCl in dimethyl sulfoxide at 50ºC at a cathode current density of 5 mA cm-2. A practical electrolysis cell is proposed for use with a cyclic leach-electrowin process for recovering pure silver from various high-grade secondary residues.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences
Publisher: Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization Publishing
Copyright: © 1983 CSIRO
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/31615
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