Leaching kinetic study of Y and Eu from waste phosphors using hydrochloric acid solution containing hydrogen peroxide
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Wuhan University of Technology
Hubei University of Education
Publication date: 2018-04-01
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Guangjun Mei   

Wuhan University of Technology, Luoshi Road 122, Wuhan, Hubei, China, 430070 Wuhan, China
Physicochem. Probl. Miner. Process. 2018;54(2):238-248
The leaching kinetics of Y and Eu from waste phosphors using a hydrochloric acid (HCl) solution containing hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) were investigated. Characterization of the waste phosphors was performed using XRD to ascertain the phases as (Y0.95Eu0.05)2O3 (red phosphors), (Ce0.67Tb0.33)MgAl11O19 (green phosphors), (Ba0.9Eu0.1)Mg2Al16O27 (blue phosphors), and SiO2 (quartz). The influence of factors such as HCl concentration, addition amount of H2O2, temperature, and reaction time on the leaching performance of Y and Eu was investigated. The maximum leaching recoveries of Y (99.87%) and Eu (88.72%) were obtained at 4 M HCl, 0.2 cm3/g H2O2, 60 ℃ temperature, and 180 min of reaction time at a liquid-to-solid ratio of 7.5 cm3/g. Leaching kinetic results showed the best fit with the shrinking sphere model (1-(1-x)1/3)=kct), ensuring that the overall leaching process was governed by a chemical control mechanism. Activation energies of 42.35 and 33.28 kJ/mol were acquired for leaching of Y and Eu, respectively, at 40-70 ℃, which further supports the proposed chemical control leaching process.
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