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Nepheline Syenite as an Alternative Source for Aluminum Production

School of Mining and Metallurgical Engineering, National Technical University of Athens, 15780 Athens, Greece
Mytilineos SA-Metallurgy Business Unit, Alumina and Aluminium Plant, St Nikolas, 32003 Paralia Distomou, Greece
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Academic Editors: George Angelopoulos and Luis Pérez Villarejo
Minerals 2021, 11(7), 734;
Received: 15 June 2021 / Revised: 1 July 2021 / Accepted: 2 July 2021 / Published: 6 July 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Valorization of Metallurgical and Mining Residues and Wastes)
The increasing demand for aluminum in conjunction with the limited available bauxite deposits in Europe results in the dire need for the evaluation of alternative raw materials for the whole value chain of alumina production. The present paper focuses on the possible use of nepheline syenite, originated as a mine byproduct, in alumina production through leaching with an azeotropic HCl solution. Previous work on nepheline syenite dissolution focused more on the extraction of potassium and sodium values. In this work, emphasis is given at the characteristics and leachability of aluminum content phases by applying a high temperature HCl leaching in untreated material. From this point of view, leaching experiments were conducted on nepheline syenite, at a temperature range of 90 °C to 150 °C and with aqueous azeotropic HCl solution. Leaching, in the aforementioned conditions, is a process, characterized by medium aluminum dissolution. The results show that the aluminum-bearing phases that withstand the dissolution process are mainly the ones of sodium and potassium feldspars. View Full-Text
Keywords: nepheline syenite; acid leaching; alternative alumina resources nepheline syenite; acid leaching; alternative alumina resources
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Bagani, M.; Balomenos, E.; Panias, D. Nepheline Syenite as an Alternative Source for Aluminum Production. Minerals 2021, 11, 734.

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Bagani M, Balomenos E, Panias D. Nepheline Syenite as an Alternative Source for Aluminum Production. Minerals. 2021; 11(7):734.

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Bagani, Maria, Efthymios Balomenos, and Dimitrios Panias. 2021. "Nepheline Syenite as an Alternative Source for Aluminum Production" Minerals 11, no. 7: 734.

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