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Selective recovery of arsenic from aqueous solutions with hydrated titanium dioxide.
MISSING 1983; :1-8
Bureau of Mines research to recover arsenic from mining industry waste material and process streams is reported. Batch and column approaches were investigated for adsorbing arsenic from acid leach solutions and ion-exchange eluate solutions with hydrated titanium dioxide granules. A method for producing hydrated titanium dioxide granules was devised to provide material suitable for use in a packed adsorption tower. Selective adsorption of arsenic from acidic leach solutions was achieved. The loading capacity of arsenic on the granules was 14 wt-pct when synthetic solutions were used, but lower when actual leach solutions were used. Other elements in the leach solution were zn, cd, and in. The granules were used in an attempt to lower the arsenic content in a solution containing 0.95 G/l w and 0.027 G/l as from a process devised by the Bureau of Mines to treat Searles Lake brine. The arsenic content was lowered to less than 0.001 G/l, but unacceptable amounts of tungsten also were adsorbed by the granules. Adsorbed tungsten was partially stripped with ph 11.5 Naoh, and both tungsten and arsenic were completely stripped with 5m naoh solution. Repeated loading and stripping of the granules had no effect on the loading capacity for arsenic.
Mining; Mining industry; Arsenic; Titanium dioxide; Elements
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