We have developed a novel process for recovering metals from alloy-wastes by using a mechanochemical (MC) reaction. The process consists of co-grinding both alloy and polyvinyl chloride (PVC) samples, followed by washing with water and filtration. The co-grinding of the wastes causes a solid-state MC reaction to form metal chlorides and hydrocarbon in the product. The former products are soluble in water, so they can be recovered from the wastes by washing with water, followed by filtration. The PVC waste plays a significant role as a chlorine source in the MC reaction. After filtration, the solid residue can be used as a fuel, due to the absence of chlorine in the product, and the filtrate is subjected to hydrometallurgical process to extract metals from the solution.
- Mechanochemical reaction
- Rare metals
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Environmental Engineering
- Environmental Chemistry
- Waste Management and Disposal
- Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis