Sonochemical recovery of metals from recording media

Yasumitsu Tanaka, Kibu Chiyo, Fumio Saito

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Recording media (MD) was subjected to peeling with the disk having well-arranged pins, followed by acid leaching with HCI and HNO3 solutions, respectively, under irradiation of ultrasound to investigate Tb, Co and Fe from the MD sample. The result was compared with those in the leaching conducted at room temperature and 60°C without ultrasound irradiation. The acid leaching of metals is accelerated by irradiating ultrasound, and is accomplished by 100% within 1 hour, irrespective of whether HCI or HNO3 solution (1 N) is used. High yield extraction is not attained at all in the leaching without ultrasound irradiation over the same extraction time. The yield increases with an increase in the acid concentration, but it levels off beyond 1 N. Temperature for the leaching is also an important factor; however, ultrasound irradiation is the most effective means for extracting metals from the sample.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)173-177
Number of pages5
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2002 Feb 1


  • Magneto-optical disk
  • Rare metals
  • Recycling
  • Separation
  • Ultrasound

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemical Engineering(all)

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