Ion Exchanging Or Liquid-liquid Extracting Patents (Class 423/24)
  • Patent number: 10415116
    Abstract: A method and system are provided in which a gold and/or silver-collecting resin-in-leach circuit comprises both co-current and counter-current sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Barrick Gold Corporation
    Inventors: Yeonuk Choi, Samir Chefai
  • Patent number: 10323296
    Abstract: A process for extraction of copper from an arsenical copper sulfide concentrate is provided. The process includes atmospheric oxidative leaching of a feed slurry including the arsenical copper sulfide concentrate and an acidic iron sulfate-containing leach solution, in the presence of oxygen, to produce a leach slurry including copper and arsenic dissolved into the leach solution. After dissolving the copper and arsenic, and before precipitating the arsenic dissolved during the oxidative leaching, pre-precipitation solids are recovered from the leach slurry to produce the pre-precipitation solids and a resulting pregnant leach solution including the copper and arsenic. Scorodite-containing seed is introduced to the pregnant leach solution including the copper and arsenic to induce precipitation of the arsenic dissolved during the oxidative leaching, as scorodite.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Compañia de Mínas Buenaventura
    Inventors: Percy Ponce Beoutis, Juan Carlos Gustavo Plenge Thorne
  • Patent number: 10047412
    Abstract: A method of recovering gold from carbon fines in a resin-in-leach process wherein the fines are contacted with an ion exchange resin, in the presence of a suitable lixiviant, to load gold onto the resin, eluting the gold from the resin using a suitable eluent and recovering the gold from a resulting eluate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: MINTEK
    Inventors: Volha Yahorava, Volha Bazhko, Martha Hendriette Kotze
  • Patent number: 9555362
    Abstract: A method for separating arsenic and heavy metals in an acidic washing solution which contains both arsenic and heavy metal, more particularly in a washing solution which is formed in copper smelting and contains sulphuric acid, comprises a separation process section, in which arsenic and at least one primary heavy metal are separated from one another. The separation process section comprises a processing step, in which hydrogen peroxide H2O2 is added to the washing solution, and the separation process section comprises a precipitation stage, in which the washing solution is admixed with a sulphide precipitation reagent, causing the at least one primary heavy metal to precipitate in the form of a metal sulphide. The processing step in this system is carried out before the precipitation stage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: EISENMANN AG
    Inventors: Angela Ante, Marc-Peter Hofmann
  • Patent number: 9241942
    Abstract: Compounds which directly inhibit IRE-1? activity in vitro, prodrugs, and pharmaceutically acceptable salts thereof. Such compounds and prodrugs are useful for treating diseases associated with the unfolded protein response and can be used as single agents or in combination therapies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: MannKind Corporation
    Inventors: John Bruce Patterson, David Gregory Lonergan, Gary A. Flynn, Qingping Zeng, Peter V. Pallai
  • Patent number: 9192931
    Abstract: Processes and apparatuses for washing a spent ion exchange bed and for treating biomass-derived pyrolysis oil are provided herein. An exemplary process for washing a spent ion exchange bed employed in purification of biomass-derived pyrolysis oil includes the step of providing a ion-depleted pyrolysis oil stream having an original oxygen content. The ion-depleted pyrolysis oil stream is partially hydrotreated to reduce the oxygen content thereof, thereby producing a partially hydrotreated pyrolysis oil stream having a residual oxygen content that is less than the original oxygen content. At least a portion of the partially hydrotreated pyrolysis oil stream is passed through the spent ion exchange bed. Water is passed through the spent ion exchange bed after passing at least the portion of the partially hydrotreated pyrolysis oil stream therethrough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: UOP LLC
    Inventors: Lance Awender Baird, Timothy A. Brandvold
  • Patent number: 9175366
    Abstract: Systems and methods for basic leaching are provided. In various embodiments, a method is provided comprising leaching a slurry comprising a copper bearing material and a leach medium comprising ammonia and ammonium carbonate, adding copper powder to the slurry, separating the slurry into a pregnant leach solution and solids, and performing a solvent extraction on the pregnant leach solution to produce an loaded aqueous stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: FREEPORT MINERALS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Joanna M Robertson, Thomas R Bolles, Dennis D Gertenbach
  • Patent number: 9102695
    Abstract: Methods of preparing compounds according to Formula (I): and salts thereof as well as their corresponding phosphine intermediates are provided herein, wherein R1 and R2 are different and each of R1 and R2 is independently selected from an organic radical that branches at the alpha carbon and an organic radical that branches at the beta carbon, and each of X and Y is independently O or S, and wherein said compound is a liquid at room temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Assignee: CYTEC TECHNOLOGY CORP.
    Inventors: Yuehui Zhou, Jeffrey Charles Henry Dyck, Boban Jakovljevic, Cyril Christian Henri Bourget, Allan James Robertson, Donato Nucciarone
  • Patent number: 9068247
    Abstract: A method for recovering nickel and cobalt from a PLS: (a) passing the PLS through an ion exchange bed to load nickel onto the ion exchange resin and produce a cobalt-containing raffinate solution, (b) passing sulfuric acid through the loaded bed to strip nickel from the resin and produce a nickel-containing eluate, (c) rinsing the stripped ion exchange bed, (d) adjusting the pH of the cobalt-containing raffinate solution to a pH of at least 2.3, (e) passing the cobalt-containing raffinate solution through an ion exchange bed to pre-load cobalt on the ion exchange resin, (f) repeating step (a) though (e) until the cobalt concentration of the cobalt-containing raffinate solution increases to >2× of the PLS, (g) removing a portion of the cobalt-containing raffinate solution of step (d) from the nickel recovery circuit, and (h) passing a portion of the cobalt-containing raffinate solution from step (d) to step (e).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2015
    Assignee: Dow Global Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Charles R. Marston, Christopher R. Eicher
  • Patent number: 9023313
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a process and system for recovery of one or more metal values using solution extraction techniques and to a system for metal value recovery. In an exemplary embodiment, the solution extraction system comprises a first solution extraction circuit and a second solution extraction circuit. A first metal-bearing solution is provided to the first and second circuit, and a second metal-bearing solution is provided to the first circuit. The first circuit produces a first rich electrolyte solution, which can be forwarded to primary metal value recovery, and a low-grade raffinate, which is forwarded to secondary metal value recovery. The second circuit produces a second rich electrolyte solution, which is also forwarded to primary metal value recovery. The first and second solution extraction circuits have independent organic phases and each circuit can operate independently of the other circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Freeport Minerals Corporation
    Inventors: Anand Raman, Jason M Morgan, Barbara J Savage, David G Meadows, Wayne W Hazen
  • Patent number: 8986633
    Abstract: Provided are methods using a ketoxime in metal extraction. One aspect of the invention relates to a method for the recovery of metal from a metal-containing aqueous solution at an elevated temperature using a ketoxime. Another aspect relates to a method of separating iron/copper using a specific ketoxime. Aldoximes may also be added to the reagent compositions used in these methods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: BASF SE
    Inventors: Michael Virnig, Jack Bender, Nathan C. Emmerich
  • Patent number: 8968698
    Abstract: Provided herein are processes for recovering molybdenum and/or other value metals (e.g., uranium) present in aqueous solutions from a large range of concentrations: from ppm to grams per liter via a solvent extraction process by extracting the molybdenum and/or other value metal from the aqueous solution by contacting it with an organic phase solution containing a phosphinic acid, stripping the molybdenum and/or other value metal from the organic phase solution by contacting it with an aqueous phase strip solution containing an inorganic compound and having a ?1.0 M concentration of free ammonia, and recovering the molybdenum and/or other value metal by separating it from the aqueous phase strip solution. When the molybdenum and/or other value metal are present only in low concentration, the processes can include an organic phase recycle step and/or an aqueous phase strip recycle step in order to concentrate the metal prior to recover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Cytec Technology Corp.
    Inventors: Troy Allan Bednarski, Violina Antoneta Cocalia, Matthew Dean Soderstrom, Eduardo Alberto Kamenetzky, Andrew Michael Cameron, Douglas Harris
  • Patent number: 8961795
    Abstract: The invention relates to an apparatus and method for removing molybdenum and other possible impurities from an organic copper-containing extraction solution in connection with the liquid-liquid extraction related to copper recovery. The removal of impurities occurs in one or several removal units built into the organic extraction solution storage tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Outotec Oyj
    Inventors: Hannu Laitala, Erkki Paatero, Bror Nyman, Eero Ekman
  • Patent number: 8932496
    Abstract: A method of preparing an aqueous dispersion comprising silver particles of mean diameter from 0.5 to 25 nm by weight and an aqueous carrier liquid, including the steps of i) providing a mixture comprising at least one silver salt, aqueous carrier liquid and a stabiliser for the particles ii) contacting the mixture with a non-ionic or covalent reducing agent to form a reaction mixture iii) causing the at least one silver salt to react with the reducing agent to form a dispersion comprising silver particles and acid wherein step iii) is partly or completely performed in the presence of anion exchange resin whereby the acid is exchanged for a hydroxide ion from the resin and/or is sorbed by the resin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Akzo Nobel Coatings International B.V.
    Inventors: Richard Buscall, Derek Graham, Rory Anderson, Peter Joseph Scales, Paul Mulvaney, Robert James Eldridge
  • Publication number: 20140363356
    Abstract: Disclosed is a process for extracting gold ions from an aqueous phase containing gold ions. The process comprises contacting the aqueous phase with an extractant phase consisting of or comprising an ionic liquid (IL) under liquid-liquid extraction conditions for a time sufficient to allow transfer of at least some of the gold ions from the aqueous phase to the extractant phase; and separating the extractant phase from the aqueous phase.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2011
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Applicant: University of South Australia
    Inventors: John Ralston, Jingfang Zhou, Craig Ian Priest, Rossen Velizarov Sedev
  • Patent number: 8852549
    Abstract: Provided are methods for maintaining the ratio of the oxime to equilibrium modifier concentration in solvent extraction circuits, said solvents essentially consisting of at least one ketoxime and/or aldoxime; at least one equilibrium modifier; and at least one diluent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: BASF Corporation
    Inventors: Michael Virnig, Jack Bender, Nathan C. Emmerich
  • Publication number: 20140271415
    Abstract: A solvent extraction composition that is particularly useful for the extraction of metals from a solution containing the metals. The solvent extraction composition includes an orthohydroxyaryloxime extractant, at least one water immiscible organic solvent, and an effective amount of a substantially water insoluble equilibrium modifier. The equilibrium modifier includes at least one of an aliphatic, aromatic or araliphatic compound comprising three or more ester functional groups. A method for the solvent extraction of a metal such as copper from an aqueous solution using the solvent extraction composition is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventor: Cory Pecinovsky
  • Patent number: 8828353
    Abstract: The present invention relates generally to a process for controlled leaching and sequential recovery of two or more metals from metal-bearing materials. In one exemplary embodiment, recovery of metals from a leached metal-bearing material is controlled and improved by providing a high grade pregnant leach solution (“HGPLS”) and a low grade pregnant leach solution (“LGPLS”) to a single solution extraction plant comprising at least two solution extractor units, at least two stripping units, and, optionally, at least one wash stage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Freeport Minerals Corporation
    Inventors: Barbara J. Savage, David G. Meadows, Wayne W. Hazen
  • Patent number: 8721998
    Abstract: The application of aqueous solution of magnesium bicarbonate and/or calcium bicarbonate in the process of extraction separation and purification of metals is disclosed, wherein the aqueous solution of magnesium bicarbonate and/or calcium bicarbonate is used as an acidity balancing agent, in order to adjust the balancing pH value of the extraction separation process which uses an acidic organic extractant, improve the extraction capacity of organic phase, and increase the concentration of metal ions in the loaded organic phase.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Grirem Advanced Materials Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Xiaowei Huang, Zhiqi Long, Xinlin Peng, Hongwei Li, Guilin Yang, Dali Cui, Chunmei Wang, Na Zhao, Liangshi Wang, Ying Yu
  • Patent number: 8715388
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a process for recovery of a precious metal catalyst from an organosilicon product-containing liquid reaction medium containing precious metal catalyst.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Momentive Performance Materials
    Inventors: He Bai, Scott Frum
  • Publication number: 20140097141
    Abstract: Methods for the synthesis of compounds of the formula A2xMxSn3-xS6, where x has a value in the range from 0.5 to 1; A is Li+, Na+, K+, or Rb+; and M is Mg2+, Mn2+, Zn2+, or Fe2+, are provided. Also provided are methods of remediating fluid samples using the compounds.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 3, 2013
    Publication date: April 10, 2014
    Inventors: Mercouri G. Kanatzidis, Zohreh Hassanzadeh Fard
  • Patent number: 8663584
    Abstract: An extraction component enabling the concurrent recovery of gold and/or palladium selectively from a hydrochloric acid media containing the base metals and other contaminants. The disclosed extractant disclosed eliminates the conventional multi-step process for such extraction by providing for an extraction method which uses a single solvent extraction reagent. Further enhancing the conventional multi step process, the conventional scrubbing stage is eliminated by a single stripping stage. The resulting solutions can be obtained from leaching many types of material such as copper anode slimes, the treatment of scrap such as electronic circuit boards and plating effluents, PGM, or refractory gold ores.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Inventors: Loghman Moradi, Hiwa Salimi, Mohammad Piltan, Issa Yavari
  • Patent number: 8658114
    Abstract: A method for extracting cobalt from copper raffinate. First, a supply of raffinate containing at least cobalt, copper, ferric iron and nickel, is provided. The raffinate is pretreated by one or all of raising the raffinate pH level; removing solids; and, reducing ferric iron to ferrous iron. Substantially all copper is removed using first ion exchange resin selective for copper. A second ion exchange resin selective for both cobalt and nickel is used to remove the cobalt and nickel. Cobalt and nickel are separately eluted from the second ion exchange resin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: Asarco LLC
    Inventors: Neil Nebeker, Matthew L. Rodgers, Charles R. Marston
  • Patent number: 8647595
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method for rapidly separating radioactive copper from nickel that contains radioactive copper and radioactive cobalt, which comprises dissolving nickel that contains radioactive copper and radioactive cobalt in an acid solution and leading it to pass through a chelating-ion exchange resin-filled column to thereby make nickel, radioactive copper and radioactive cobalt held by the chelating-ion exchange resin, and then leading an acid solution to pass through the chelating-ion exchange resin-filled column to elute nickel and radioactive cobalt, and thereafter leading an acid solution having a higher concentration than that of the previous acid solution to pass through the chelating-ion exchange resin-filled column after nickel and radioactive elution therefrom to thereby elute radioactive copper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: Japan Atomic Energy Agency
    Inventors: Shigeki Watanabe, Noriko Ishioka
  • Patent number: 8628739
    Abstract: The present invention refers to a direct purification process of a nickel laterite leaching effluent including adjusting a pH of a leaching solution, employing an ion exchange resin to adsorb nickel and copper selectively over ferric or ferrous iron, and recovering nickel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Assignee: Vale
    Inventors: Tiago Valentim Berni, Antonio Clareti Pereira
  • Publication number: 20130302225
    Abstract: Provided are methods using a ketoxime in metal extraction. One aspect of the invention relates to a method for the recovery of metal from a metal-containing aqueous solution at an elevated temperature using a ketoxime. Another aspect relates to a method of separating iron/copper using a specific ketoxime. Aldoximes may also be added to the reagent compositions used in these methods.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 10, 2013
    Publication date: November 14, 2013
    Inventors: Michael Virnig, Jack Bender, Nathan C. Emmerich
  • Patent number: 8562922
    Abstract: The present application relates to novel gel-type or macroporous picolylamine resins which are based on at least one monovinylaromatic compound and at least one polyvinylaromatic compound and/or a (meth)acrylic compound and contain tertiary nitrogen atoms in structures of the general formula (I) as functional group, where R1 is an optionally substituted radical from the group consisting of picolyl, methylquinoline and methylpiperidine, R2 is —CH2—S—CH2COOR3 or —CH2—S—C1-C4-alkyl or —CH2—S—CH2CH(NH2)COOR3 or —CH2—S—CH2—CH(OH)—CH2(OH) or or derivatives thereof or —C?S(NH2), R3 is a radical from the group consisting of H, Na and K, m is an integer from 1 to 4, n and p are each, independently of one another, a number in the range from 0.1 to 1.9 and the sum of n and p is 2 and M is the polymer matrix, a process for preparing them and their uses, in particular the use in hydrometallurgy and electroplating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: LANXESS Deutschland GmbH
    Inventors: Reinhold Klipper, Michael Schelhaas, Duilio Rossoni
  • Patent number: 8563622
    Abstract: The present application relates to novel monodisperse, gel-type or macroporous picolylamine resins which are based on at least one monovinylaromatic compound and at least one polyvinylaromatic compound and/or a (meth)acrylic compound and contain tertiary nitrogen atoms in structures of the general formula (I) as functional group, where R1 is an optionally substituted radical from the group consisting of picolyl, methylquinoline and methylpiperidine, R2 is a radical —(CH2)q—COOR3, R3 is a radical from the group consisting of H, Na and K, m is an integer from 1 to 4, n and p are each, independently of one another, a number in the range from 0.1 to 1.9 and the sum of n and p is 2, q is an integer from 1 to 5 and M is the polymer matrix, a process for preparing them and their uses, in particular the use in hydrometallurgy and electroplating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: LANXESS Deutschland GmbH
    Inventors: Michael Schelhaas, Reinhold Klipper, Duilio Rossoni
  • Patent number: 8529850
    Abstract: Provided are methods using a ketoxime in metal extraction. One aspect of the invention relates to a method for the recovery of metal from a metal-containing aqueous solution at an elevated temperature using a ketoxime. Another aspect relates to a method of separating iron/copper using a specific ketoxime. Aldoximes may also be added to the reagent compositions used in these methods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: Cognis IP Management GmbH
    Inventors: Michael Virnig, Jack Bender, Nathan C. Emmerich
  • Publication number: 20130213820
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a process and system for recovery of one or more metal values using solution extraction techniques and to a system for metal value recovery. In an exemplary embodiment, the solution extraction system comprises a first solution extraction circuit and a second solution extraction circuit. A first metal-bearing solution is provided to the first and second circuit, and a second metal-bearing solution is provided to the first circuit. The first circuit produces a first rich electrolyte solution, which can be forwarded to primary metal value recovery, and a low-grade raffinate, which is forwarded to secondary metal value recovery. The second circuit produces a second rich electrolyte solution, which is also forwarded to primary metal value recovery. The first and second solution extraction circuits have independent organic phases and each circuit can operate independently of the other circuit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: August 22, 2013
    Applicant: FREEPORT-MCMORAN CORPORATION
    Inventor: FREEPORT-MCMORAN CORPORATION
  • Patent number: 8491700
    Abstract: Various embodiments provide new methods of rhenium recovery. The methods can include subjecting a metal-bearing solution to an activated carbon bed, and adsorbing rhenium onto the activated carbon. The methods can also include heating a basic aqueous elution solution and eluting the rhenium from the activated carbon with the heated elution solution. The methods can also incorporate an ion exchange as a rhenium recovery apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: Freeport-McMoran Corporation
    Inventors: Brett T. Waterman, Steve Nels Dixon, Theresa Linne Morelli, George Owusu, Stefka Todorova Ormsby
  • Patent number: 8475748
    Abstract: Reagent compositions, methods for their manufacture and methods of their use are described. In particular, provided are reagent compositions comprising an aldoxime and ketoxime with an alkyl substituent. Also provided are methods of metal recovery using these reagent compositions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Assignee: Cognis IP Management GmbH
    Inventors: Michael Virnig, Jack Bender, Nathan C. Emmerich
  • Publication number: 20130152741
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a metal recovery process comprising a solvent extraction process. In an exemplary embodiment, the solution extraction system comprises a plant with a first and second circuit. A high-grade pregnant leach solution (“HGPLS”) is provided to the first and second circuit, and a low-grade pregnant leach solution (“LGPLS”) is provided to the second circuit. The first circuit produces a rich electrolyte, which can be forwarded to a primary metal recovery, and a low-grade raffinate, which can be forwarded to a secondary metal recovery process. The second circuit produces a rich electrolyte, which can also be forwarded to the primary metal recovery process. The first and second circuits are in fluid communication with each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2011
    Publication date: June 20, 2013
    Applicant: FREEPORT-MCMORAN CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jason M. Morgan, Barbara J. Savage, David G. Meadows, Wayne W. Hazen
  • Patent number: 8460623
    Abstract: Provided are methods using ketoximes and/or aldoximes, including 3-methyl-5-alkylsalicylaldoxime and/or 3-methyl-5-alkyl-2-hydroxyacetophenone oxime, in reagent compositions for metal extraction/isolation. One such method is of extracting a metal from a nitrate-containing aqueous solution. Another such method is of extracting a metal from an aqueous ammoniacal solution. A third method is of multi-metal extraction based on a predetermined pH.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: Cognis IP Management GmbH
    Inventors: Michael Virnig, Jack Bender, Nathan C. Emmerich
  • Patent number: 8435466
    Abstract: Provided are methods using ketoximes and/or aldoximes, including 3-methyl-5-alkylsalicylaldoxime and/or 3-methyl-5-alkyl-2-hydroxyacetophenone oxime, in reagent compositions for metal extraction/isolation. One such method is of extracting a metal from an aqueous ammoniacal solution. Metals that can be extracted include nickel, zinc and copper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Assignee: BASF Corporation
    Inventors: Michael Virnig, Jack Bender, Nathan C. Emmerich
  • Publication number: 20130091990
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to a process for recovering a precious metal from a pregnant leach solution using a resin extractant. The precious metal is eluted from the loaded resin using an eluant comprising trithionate. The barren resin is contacted with a sulfide, bisulfide, and/or polysulfide to convert sorbed trithionate to thiosulfate. The desorbed thiosulfate is contacted with an oxidant and converted to trithionate for eluant recycle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 15, 2012
    Publication date: April 18, 2013
    Applicant: BARRICK GOLD CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yeonuk Choi, Qiankun Wang, John William Langhans, JR.
  • Patent number: 8420048
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a process and system for recovery of one or more metal values using solution extraction techniques and to a system for metal value recovery. In an exemplary embodiment, the solution extraction system comprises a first solution extraction circuit and a second solution extraction circuit. A first metal-bearing solution is provided to the first and second circuit, and a second metal-bearing solution is provided to the first circuit. The first circuit produces a first rich electrolyte solution, which can be forwarded to primary metal value recovery, and a low-grade raffinate, which is forwarded to secondary metal value recovery. The second circuit produces a second rich electrolyte solution, which is also forwarded to primary metal value recovery. The first and second solution extraction circuits have independent organic phases and each circuit can operate independently of the other circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignee: Freeport-McMoran Corporation
    Inventors: Anand Raman, Jason M. Morgan, Barbara J Savage, David G Meadows, Wayne W Hazen
  • Patent number: 8372360
    Abstract: The present invention relates generally to a process for controlled leaching and sequential recovery of two or more metals from metal-bearing materials. In one exemplary embodiment, recovery of metals from a leached metal-bearing material is controlled and improved by providing a high grade pregnant leach solution (“HGPLS”) and a low grade pregnant leach solution (“LGPLS”) to a single solution extraction plant comprising at least two solution extractor units, at least two stripping units, and, optionally, at least one wash stage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2013
    Assignee: Freeport-McMoran Corporation
    Inventors: Barbara J. Savage, David G. Meadows, Wayne W. Hazen
  • Patent number: 8372361
    Abstract: The present invention relates generally to a process for controlled leaching and sequential recovery of two or more metals from metal-bearing materials. In one exemplary embodiment, recovery of metals from a leached metal-bearing material is controlled and improved by providing a high grade pregnant leach solution (“HGPLS”) and a low grade pregnant leach solution (“LGPLS”) to a single solution extraction plant comprising at least two solution extractor units, at least two stripping units, and, optionally, at least one wash stage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2013
    Assignee: Freeport-McMoran Corporation
    Inventors: Barbara J. Savage, David G. Meadows, Wayne W. Hazen
  • Patent number: 8343446
    Abstract: The oxine ligands 5-chloro-8-hydroxyquiniline and 5-sulfoxyl-8-hydroxyquinoline are covalently bound, using, for example, the Mannich reaction, to a silica gel polyamine composite made from a silanized amorphous silica xerogel and polyallylamine. The resulting modified composites, termed CB-1 (X?Cl) and SB-1 (X?SO3H), respectively, show a clear selectivity for trivalent over divalent ions and selectivity for gallium over aluminum. The compounds of the invention can be applied for the sequestration of metals, such as heavy metals, from contaminated mine tailing leachates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: The University of Montana
    Inventors: Edward Rosenberg, Paul Miranda, Yuen Onn Wong
  • Patent number: 8329124
    Abstract: Solvent extraction compositions having an orthohydroxyaryloxime extractant, an anti-degradation agent, and a water-immiscible organic solvent, processes for extracting a metal from an aqueous acidic solution using same, and methods of reducing degradation of such compositions are provided herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Cytec Technology Corp.
    Inventors: John Campbell, Susan Owens, Matthew Soderstrom, Troy Bednarski, Gustavo Marin
  • Patent number: 8323502
    Abstract: Multi-layered macromolecules wherein the layers are covalently bonded together and wherein the macromolecules are covalently bonded to solid particulate substrates, methods for the preparation of such compositions, and methods for their uses in a multitude of end use applications ranging from the purification of waste chemical and metal process streams to the separation and identification of proteins, peptides, and oligionucleotides.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: Diazem Corporation
    Inventors: Charles E. Skinner, William Henry Campbell, Yung K. Kim
  • Patent number: 8323510
    Abstract: Methods and systems for heavy metal separation and recovery from heavy metal-containing sludge or wastes. The method utilizes ultrasonic treatment assisted acid leaching process to separate and recover different heavy metals from multi metals-containing sludge. The technique can be cost effectively implemented for heavy metal separation and purification processes in the real world at industrial scales.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Inventors: Fengchun Xie, Yang Ma
  • Publication number: 20120282156
    Abstract: Processes for improving copper/iron selectivity in a solvent extraction circuit by contacting an acidic aqueous solution containing dissolved copper and iron ions with a solvent extraction composition including an orthohydroxyaryloxime, a selectivity modifier, and an equilibrium modifier, wherein the ratio of selectivity modifier to orthohydroxyaryloxime is from 0.001 to 0.05, thereby decreasing the copper:iron transfer ratio, are provided herein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 12, 2012
    Publication date: November 8, 2012
    Applicant: CYTEC TECHNOLOGY CORP.
    Inventors: Owen Stewart Tinkler, Keith Alan Cramer, Peter Eric Tetlow, John Campbell, Charles J. Maes
  • Patent number: 8298510
    Abstract: The addition of a compatible metal salt crystal to the organic solution entering the mixer(s) in the solvent extraction stage(s) and/or the stripping stage(s), or to the emulsion mixture of the organic solution and the aqueous solution in the mixer(s), or to the mixture of the organic solution and the aqueous solution in a settler tank(s) following the mixer(s) in the solvent extraction and/or stripping stage(s) following the leaching of metal values from the ore containing that/those value(s) into an aqueous solution, and prior to the further refining of those values in processes, such as electrowinning, during mining operations for those metal values in order to improve the phase separation of the organic phase and the aqueous phase, and to promote the removal of contaminants from the organic phase.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: BASF Corporation
    Inventors: Eladio Rojas, Hans C. Hein
  • Patent number: 8282857
    Abstract: A solvent extraction composition comprising one or more orthohydroxyarylaldoximes and/or one or more orthohydroxyarylketoximes, and one or more selectivity modifiers consisting of phosphinic and/or phosphonic acids, and salts and esters therefore and optionally one or more equilibrium modifiers is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Assignee: Cytec Technology Corp.
    Inventors: Owen Stewart Tinkler, Keith Alan Cramer, Peter Eric Tetlow, John Campbell, Charles J. Maes
  • Publication number: 20120228151
    Abstract: An extraction component enabling the concurrent recovery of gold and/or palladium selectively from a hydrochloric acid media containing the base metals and other contaminants. The disclosed extractant disclosed eliminates the conventional multi-step process for such extraction by providing for an extraction method which uses a single solvent extraction reagent. Further enhancing the conventional multi step process, the conventional scrubbing stage is eliminated by a single stripping stage. The resulting solutions can be obtained from leaching many types of material such as copper anode slimes, the treatment of scrap such as electronic circuit boards and plating effluents, PGM, or refractory gold ores.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2011
    Publication date: September 13, 2012
    Inventors: Loghman Moradi, Hiwa Salimi, Mohammad Piltan, Issa Yavari
  • Patent number: 8257671
    Abstract: A method of leaching copper sulfide ore includes leaching copper from copper sulfide ore using a sulfuric acid solution comprising iodide ion and iron (III) ion surplus to the iodide ion as a leaching solution; reducing iodine in a solution obtained after the leaching step to less than 1 mg/L by an activated carbon treatment; and oxidizing iron (II) ion or newly added iron (II) ion in a solution obtained after the iodine reduction step by using iron oxidizing microbes to recover iron (III) ion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Assignee: JX Nippon Mining & Metals Corporation
    Inventors: Kenichi Kuwano, Atsuko Abe, Manabu Manabe, Akira Miura
  • Publication number: 20120219475
    Abstract: Provided are methods using a ketoxime in metal extraction. One aspect of the invention relates to a method for the recovery of metal from a metal-containing aqueous solution at an elevated temperature using a ketoxime. Another aspect relates to a method of separating iron/copper using a specific ketoxime. Aldoximes may also be added to the reagent compositions used in these methods.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 22, 2012
    Publication date: August 30, 2012
    Inventors: Michael Virnig, Jack Bender, Nathan C. Emmerich
  • Publication number: 20120219478
    Abstract: Provided are methods using ketoximes and/or aldoximes, including 3-methyl-5-alkylsalicylaldoxime and/or 3-methyl-5-alkyl-2-hydroxyacetophenone oxime, in reagent compositions for metal extraction/isolation. One such method is of extracting a metal from an aqueous ammoniacal solution. Metals that can be extracted include nickel, zinc and copper.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 22, 2012
    Publication date: August 30, 2012
    Applicant: Cognis IP Management GmbH
    Inventors: Michael Virnig, Jack Bender, Nathan C. Emmerich