Recovery of Ni as Tutton’s Salts from Simulated Battery Leach Solutions

Antti Porvali, Vivek Agarwal, Helena Angerla, Mari Lundström*

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Recycling of battery materials is a topic with room for improvements in the recycling of the materials present in current Li-ion and NiMH batteries. In this research, a recovery route for Ni as Tutton’s salts (M+2 M3+(SO4)2·xH2O) was investigated, of which Mohr’s salt ((NH4)2Fe(SO4)2*6H2O), a commonly utilized titration reagent, is an example. Similarly, both Ni and Co can form barely soluble compounds with NH4 + ions in an acidic sulfate media. The behavior of battery metal Ni was investigated as a function of NH4 + ion concentration, pH and temperature in single parameter variation experiments. Ni, along with Co, was obtained with ease at a low pH over other metals that could be considered impurities (e.g. Fe). However, the usage of NH4 + ions carries its own problems, e.g. in the subsequent downstream processes.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNi-Co 2021
Subtitle of host publicationThe 5th International Symposium on Nickel and Cobalt
EditorsCorby Anderson, Graeme Goodall, Sumedh Gostu, Dean Gregurek, Mari Lundström, Christina Meskers, Stuart Nicol, Esa Peuraniemi, Fiseha Tesfaye, Prabhat K. Tripathy, Shijie Wang, Yuanbo Zhang
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-65647-8
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-65646-1
Publication statusPublished - 2021
MoE publication typeA4 Conference publication
EventInternational Symposium on Nickel and Cobalt - Virtual, Online
Duration: 15 Mar 202118 Mar 2021
Conference number: 5

Publication series

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


ConferenceInternational Symposium on Nickel and Cobalt
Abbreviated titleNi-Co
CityVirtual, Online


  • Battery recycling
  • Precipitation
  • Tutton’s salts


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