Characterization strategy helps in high-purity metal separation

Characterization strategy helps in high-purity metal separation

The brief evolution diagram of metal speciation transformation

Metals with similar chemical properties are usually extracted together, limiting deep separation for high-purity metal. Different metal species show different activities in solvent extraction. It is necessary to learn about the distribution of aqueous metal species for further extraction.

In the characterization strategy, a high-resolution electrospray ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry.(ESI-TOF-MS) was employed to measure metal species in an aqueous solution, and the corresponding data were analyzed semi-quantitatively.

With this method, the researchers visualized the transformation evolutions of vanadium (V) species, chromium (Cr) species, tungsten (W) species, and molybdenum (Mo) species. We can use this facile method to investigate the hydrolysis evolutions of polymeric metal species systematically.

The researchers described the formation and polymerization of the four metals (V, Cr, W, and Mo) by this method. The obtained species distribution can guide the appropriate reaction conditions for high-purity metal separation. They realized the production of 99.9% high-purity vanadium under 100L/h pilot-scale.

This work is promising in metal chemical speciation characterization even for Ni, Co, and REE metals,” said Ning, “it will guide further development of high-purity metal recovery.

Jiawei Wen et al, Characterization strategy of polymeric transition metal species transformation for high-purity metal recovery, Green Chemical Engineering (2021). DOI: 10.1016/j.gce.2021.06.002

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