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Concentration and Separation of Heavy Rare-Earth Metals at Stripping Stage

Department of Physical Chemistry, Faculty of Mineral Processing, Saint Petersburg Mining University, St. Petersburg 199106, Russia
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Metals 2019, 9(12), 1317; https://doi.org/10.3390/met9121317
Received: 5 November 2019 / Revised: 27 November 2019 / Accepted: 4 December 2019 / Published: 6 December 2019
The separation and concentration processes of heavy rare-earth metals—yttrium, ytterbium, erbium, and dysprosium—during stripping from the organic phase based on di-2-ethylhexylphosphoric acid (D2EHPA, or DEHPA) solutions were investigated in this work. Optimal conditions providing high separation factors of rare-earth metals (REM) and their extraction degree to the aqueous phase were determined. The usage of sulfuric acid solutions with a concentration of 2–6 mol/L, depending on the type of extracted rare-earth element, was proposed as a stripping agent for rare-earth metals (REM), and the usage of oxalic acid solution was proposed as an iron stripping solution from the organic phase. To increase the REM stripping efficiency, the antagonistic effect of tributyl phosphate in the di-2-ethylhexylphosphoric acid-kerosene-tributyl phosphate system was considered. The possibility of increasing the capacity of the organic solvent by cleaning the organic phase from iron ions using oxalic acid solutions was revealed. The influence of temperature, aqueous and organic phase ratio, stirring rate, and re-extractant concentration on the distribution and separation factors of adjacent heavy rare-earth-metal (HREM) pairs during the re-extraction process were determined. A schematic diagram of the laboratory-tested separation process of heavy rare-earth metals into individual components with the obtaining of yttrium and ytterbium concentrates containing more than 99% of the target components was proposed. View Full-Text
Keywords: liquid extraction; di-2-ethylhexylphosphoric acid; wet process phosphoric acid; apatite; yttrium; ytterbium; erbium; dysprosium liquid extraction; di-2-ethylhexylphosphoric acid; wet process phosphoric acid; apatite; yttrium; ytterbium; erbium; dysprosium
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Cheremisina, O.; Sergeev, V.; Fedorov, A.; Alferova, D. Concentration and Separation of Heavy Rare-Earth Metals at Stripping Stage. Metals 2019, 9, 1317.

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