Laboratory tool for electrochemical study of sulphide minerals
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Helsinki University of Technology
Publication date: 2007-01-01
Physicochem. Probl. Miner. Process. 2007;41(1):301–312
Sulphide mineral dissolution in aqueous media occurs by different mechanisms. The rate of the overall reaction is controlled by the rate of the slowest reaction step. Most important factor in the anodic dissolution of mineral sulphides is the formation of a reaction product layer, which affects the mass transfer rate, often the rate determining step of the overall reaction. In this work we have used electrochemical tests for evaluating factors affecting sulphide mineral dissolution. As an essential tool, an electrochemical measurement method for leaching behaviour of sulphide minerals has been developed. Development of a graphite paste electrode (GPE) for the electrochemical measurements has made it possible to investigate powdered sulphide mineral samples. This ensures that the measurement conditions are as close as possible to the real leaching conditions. The graphite paste electrode makes it possible to run electrochemical measurements reproducibly and reliably.