Solvometallurgy: An Emerging Branch of Extractive Metallurgy

  title={Solvometallurgy: An Emerging Branch of Extractive Metallurgy},
  author={Koen Binnemans and Peter Tom Jones},
  journal={Journal of Sustainable Metallurgy},
  • K. Binnemans, P. Jones
  • Published 19 April 2017
  • Chemistry, Materials Science
  • Journal of Sustainable Metallurgy
This position paper introduces the reader to the concept of solvometallurgy, the term used to describe the extraction of metals from ores, industrial process residues, production scrap, and urban waste using non-aqueous solutions. Here, non-aqueous is not used to imply anhydrous, but rather a low water content. The unit operations are as follows: solvent leaching; separation of the residue; purification of the leach solution by non-aqueous solvent extraction or non-aqueous ion exchange; and… 
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