Behavior of Co, Ni and precious metals in copper converting process: Experimental study

Keiran Holland, Dmitry Sukhomlinov*, Ville Naakka, Ari Jokilaakso, Pekka Taskinen

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This study is focused on distribution of Co, Ni, Ag, Au, and Pd between molten copper and molten copper sulfide (‘white metal’) phases in copper converting conditions. The behavior of the elements selected was studied experimentally at 1300 °C and at various sulfur dioxide partial pressures (0.01, 0.05, 0.1, 0.5, and 1 atm). The experimental technique employed involves a high temperature equilibration followed by rapid quenching in ice water, with subsequent quantitative elemental analysis of the equilibrium phases with an electron micro probe analyzer. The distribution coefficients LMeCu/wm determined in this work can be arranged in the following sequence: Co < Ag < Ni < (Au, Pd).

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEnergy Technology 2018 - Carbon Dioxide Management and Other Technologies
EditorsSun Z. et al.
Number of pages8
VolumePart F6
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-72362-4
Publication statusPublished - 2018
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventEnergy Technologies Symposium - Phoenix, United States
Duration: 11 Mar 201815 Mar 2018

Publication series

NameMinerals, Metals and Materials Series
VolumePart F6
ISSN (Print)2367-1181
ISSN (Electronic)2367-1696


ConferenceEnergy Technologies Symposium
Abbreviated titleTMS
Country/TerritoryUnited States


  • Distribution
  • Matte
  • Trace elements
  • White metal


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