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The potential use of sulphur dioxide as an anodic depolarizer in copper electrowinning

Dawson, J.N., Singh, P. and Hefter, G.T. (2000) The potential use of sulphur dioxide as an anodic depolarizer in copper electrowinning. In: 1998 AusIMM Annual Conference - The Mining Cycle, 19 - 23 April, Mount Isa, Qld, Australia


Sulphur dioxide oxidation is an attractive alternative anodic reaction to the evolution of oxygen in copper electrowinning. Accordingly, the electrochemical oxidation of SO2 in aqueous 1.0 x 10-1 mol/L NaClO4 has been studied at pH 2.3 using platinum and glassy carbon electrodes. On the platinum electrode SO2 oxidation occurred on the forward scan at 0.96 V and on the reverse scan at 0.63 V. For GC, a single SO2 oxidation peak occurred at 1.40 V on the forward scan. SO2 oxidation on both electrode substrates was hampered by oxide layer formation. The electrode could be reactivated however, by oxide layer reduction. Although reactivation was most successful for platinum, SO2 oxidation on platinum is quite complex, with this evidenced by the reverse scan anodic peak. Glassy carbon shows simpler behaviour and thus, is the preferred substrate for SO2 oxidation.

Item Type: Conference Paper
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences
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