Studying the Effect of Potassium Amyl Xanthate Surfactant on Fe, Cu and U Ions for the Pretreatment of Abu Zeneima Sulphate Leach Liquor

Authors

  • Sherien Hussein Ahmed
    Affiliation

    Chemical Analyses Department, Nuclear Materials Authority, P. O. B. 530, El Maadi, Cairo, Egypt

  • Entesar Mohamed El Gammal
    Affiliation

    Chemical Analyses Department, Nuclear Materials Authority, P. O. B. 530, El Maadi, Cairo, Egypt

  • Mostafa Ibrahim Amin
    Affiliation

    Refining of Yellow Cake Department, Production Sector, Nuclear Materials Authority, P. O. B. 530, El Maadi, Kattameya, Cairo, Egypt

  • Walid Mohamed Yousef
    Affiliation

    Chemical Analyses Department, Nuclear Materials Authority, P. O. B. 530, El Maadi, Cairo, Egypt

https://doi.org/10.3311/PPch.15795

Abstract

In this study, batch experiments were performed to study the behavior of potassium amyl xanthate surfactant on Fe, Cu and U ions for the pretreatment of Abu Zeneima sulphate leach liquor. Various parameters, such as amount of potassium amyl xanthate, pH, stirring time, sample volume to potassium amyl xanthate mass (v/m ratio) and temperature were tested to determine the optimum conditions. The numerical results obtained support the experimental data on decreasing the iron and copper values where 0.1 g potassium amyl xanthate could remove 86.8 mg Fe and 0.98 mg Cu from the studied sulphate solution with no effect on uranium content. FTIR spectroscopy and XRF analysis were used for investigation.

Keywords:

potassium amyl xanthate (KAX), iron, copper, Abu Zeneima sulphate leach liquor

Published Online

2021-02-01

How to Cite

Ahmed, S. H., El Gammal, E. M., Amin, M. I., Yousef, W. M. “Studying the Effect of Potassium Amyl Xanthate Surfactant on Fe, Cu and U Ions for the Pretreatment of Abu Zeneima Sulphate Leach Liquor”, Periodica Polytechnica Chemical Engineering, 65(3), pp. 408–415, 2021. https://doi.org/10.3311/PPch.15795

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