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Effect of metal impurities on the adsorption of gold by activated carbon in cyanide solutions

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    "The U.S. Bureau of Mines performed batch equilibrium contact experiments to examine the ability of activated coconut-shell carbon to adsorb various metal cyanide complexes. Tests were also conducted to determine the effect these cyanide complex impurities might have on the adsorption of gold by the activated carbon. Metal cyanide species included in the investigation were antimony, arsenic, cadmium, calcium, cobalt, gold, iron, mercury, nickel, silver, thallium, and zinc. Tests were made over a ph range of 6.4 to 12.5. The carbon exhibited a preference for gold adsorption over other metals present in solution. In the absence of gold, the metal cyanide complexes were adsorbed; adsorption generally decreased with increasing ph. However, calcium and thallium adsorptions increased with increasing ph, while arsenic and iron were not adsorbed at any ph." - NIOSHTIC-2 NIOSH no. 10007303
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