MA. ISABEL REYES?VALDERRAMA, ELEAZAR SALINAS?RODRÍGUEZ *, J. FABIAN MONTIEL HERNÁNDEZ, ISAURO RIVERA LANDERO ?, EDUARDO CERECEDO SÁENZ, JUAN HERNÁNDEZ ÁVILA AND ALBERTO ARENAS FLORES, URBAN MINING AND ELECTROCHEMISTRY: CYCLIC VOLTAMMETRY STUDY OF ACIDIC SOLUTIONS FROM ELECTRONIC WASTES (PRINTED CIRCUIT BOARDS) FOR RECOVERY OF CU, ZN, AND NI, METALS 2017, 7, 55; 2-10
We report potentiodynamic studies to characterize copper, nickel and zinc leaching solutions from electronic waste. The metals were leached using oxygen and sulfuric acid (pH = 1.5). As is known, reduction potentials are determined using thermodynamics laws, and metal recovery strategies from electronic waste are usually considered according these thermodynamic values. Pourbaix?type diagrams are not appropriate to plan strategies in electrochemical processing. Therefore, knowledge of electrode potentials for the metal deposit/dissolution process is the basis for the selective recovery planning. For this reason, potentiodynamic studies, specifically cyclic voltammetry, are revealed as a good way to decide the best conditions for the process of electrochemical recovery of metals from electronic waste, which is also cost?efficient and has no interference from strange ions, such as lead, in this case.