2012 Volume 53 Issue 11 Pages 2038-2042
A study has been conducted for the separate recovery of molybdenum and rhenium from alkali leaching solution of molybdenite roasting dust by a selective precipitation method. Two kinds of synthetic alkali leaching solutions were employed and more than 85% of molybdenum was recovered as a precipitate in the experimental conditions of 243.15 K, pH 2.2, 200 rpm of agitation speed, 7,200 s of reaction time, and 1.5 of equivalence ratio between NH4OH and NaOH for NaOH leaching solution. Regarding NH4OH leaching solution, the optimal conditions for the formation of molybdenum precipitate were found to be 243.15 K, pH 2.5, 100 rpm of agitation speed, and 18,000 s of reaction time. The precipitation efficiency of molybdenum was higher than 99% in these conditions and molybdenum was observed to be precipitated as ammonium molybdate. Contrary to the precipitating behavior of molybdenum, rhenium was precipitated very little in the given conditions, which suggested a possibility for the selective recovery of molybdenum and rhenium.