The Application Of Polymer Inclusion Membranes For The Removal Of Thiocyanate And Cyanide From Gold Ore Processing Wastewaters

Grant number: LP0989449 | Funding period: 2009 - 2012

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Abstract

The recovery of gold at Stawell Gold Mine can be improved by using cyanide and thiocyanate free water in the milling process. The aim of this research is the development of a novel separation technology for the removal of these two ions from mine wastewater to allow it to be recycled. Novel polymeric materials, known as polymer inclusion membranes (PIMs), which have never been used before in industrial separation, will be at the centre of this technology. In addition to increasing gold recovery, this technology is expected to reduce substantially the reliance of the Australian goldmining industry on fresh water. This research will also promote PIM based separation as a viable industrial sepa..

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