Studies on Extraction of Refractory Gold and Silver Through Thiourea Leaching

Dey M L, ; Chowdhury S K R, ; Mathur S B, ; Akerkar D D,
Organization: The Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy
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Publication Date: Jan 1, 1992
The extraction of gold and silver from chalcopyrite concentrates has been investigated. In view of the recent interest in non-cyanide leachants for gold and silver, one such alternative reagent, namely thiourea, has been employed in the present work. Precious metal leaching was attempted from received copper concentrates as well as pre-oxidised concentrates. Pre-oxidation of the concentrates was carried out by three different methods, namely roasting, pressure oxidation and biological oxidation. After pre-oxidation and leaching of the base metals, the leach residues were subjected to further leaching for precious metal extraction. The results obtained on the extraction of gold and silver from received concentrates as well as pre-oxidised concentrates are presented and the effectiveness of the three pre-oxidation routes employed is compared.
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