Pyrometallurgy: Roasting, Smelting, Refining & Electrowinning

Pyrometallurgy: Roasting, Smelting, Refining & Electrowinning 2017-03-23T09:55:18+00:00
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Dissolving Gold and Precipitating Gold (20 replies and 4 comments)

JohnnyD
1 year ago
JohnnyD 1 year ago

Muriatic Acid + Clorox Bleach is dissolving my gold, but Sodium Metabisulfate (stump out) is not dropping the gold back out in pure form it's only changing colors of my solution. no precipitation.

Maya Rothman
1 year ago
Maya Rothman 1 year ago

You probably want sodium hydroxide, a base, not sodium metabisulfate, an acid.

John Koenig
1 year ago
John Koenig 1 year ago

If you leach with aqua regis (nitric and hydrochloric acids), you can precipitate the gold with sodium metabisulfite (a reducing agent).

Mixing muriatic acid (hydrochloric acid) with bleach (sodium hypochlorite), you are freeing chlorine to attack the gold. You are making gold chloride. Try exposing the solution to ultraviolet light, to break the bond between the gold and the chlorine molecules.

JohnnyD
1 year ago
JohnnyD 1 year ago

Ultraviolet light comes from the Sun right? So set it outside?

Ok. I added sodium and potassium hydroxide to muriatic and bleach solution and it coagulated with a white look.

JohnnyD
1 year ago
JohnnyD 1 year ago

I  stnowopped using Clorox. I used only hydrochloric acid and used sodium and potassium hydroxide and bingo. Solution turn clear with brown sediment in the bottom. As I understand it that's my gold. Hopefully.

JohnnyD
1 year ago
JohnnyD 1 year ago

It also worked on the hydrochlorite mix but no near as well.

Bill Fraser
1 year ago
Bill Fraser 1 year ago

You should try to get a PH of around 1 before using SMB to drop the gold, By using sodium and potassium hydroxide you raised the PH. That is why it worked then.

JohnnyD
1 year ago
JohnnyD 1 year ago

Good morning friends. As an update, I am consistently dropping gold from hydrochloric With sodium hydroxide. However, I have noticed some different colors showing aside from brown. I have black. Blue and green. Any idea what these other colors may be?

Maya Rothman
1 year ago
Maya Rothman 1 year ago

The solubility of gold, wether by strong acids, cyanide, bromines, etc is a pH dependent reaction. Changing the pH is one way to accelerate or reverse the reaction (others exist). The colors are probably due to other metal ions present.

look at: https://www.google.com/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&ion=1&espv=2&ie=UTF-8#q=the+chemistry+of+gold+extraction

Alan Carter
1 year ago
Alan Carter 1 year ago

If you want to leach gold you need an oxidizing environment (add chlorine gas or clorox) until you reach an ORP of 1000mV, at a Ph of about 5, hopefully warm temperature and you will leach gold. Once in solution, separate liquid from solids, reduce the ORP to 100 -500 mV using NaHSO3 and your gold will precipitate. Read chemistry papers between 1850 to 1930's....the old folks knew what they were doing.

Victor Bergman
1 year ago
Victor Bergman 1 year ago

Lye is sodium hydroxide. But the real problem is that your precipitant will not work if chlorine or any other oxidizer is present in solution

JohnnyD
1 year ago
JohnnyD 1 year ago

Thanks and your absolutely right.

Bill Fraser
1 year ago
Bill Fraser 1 year ago

You are right of course. I forgot to mention that the solution has to be free from chlorine and oxidizers first.

But to my experience the chlorine evaporates very fast and in addition one should always use the minimal amount of chlorine/Clorox that is needed to dissolve the gold. Do not use too much or it will take longer to evaporate. Also a persistent myth is the premixing of HCl+Cl or Aqua regia. That is a bad thing to do. Always estimate the amount of HCl or chlorine needed do not premix the dissolving solution no matter if 1:3 or 1:4 or whatever you find on the internet.

JohnnyD
1 year ago
JohnnyD 1 year ago

The ore I'm processing with HCI is just packed with platinum group metals and turns either a bright yellow or carat orange. When I precipitate with SMB THE solution fizzez yellow bubbles and the precipitate is orange as orange can be and sponges. When I precipitate with sodium hydroxide it turns dark brown or light brown with black specs in it.

Christian1111
1 year ago
Christian1111 1 year ago

hi guys, can please tell me how to separate gold from copper and silver? And anyone knows if borax separate copper from silver please? Thanks.

David
1 year ago
David 1 year ago
Christian1111
1 year ago
Christian1111 1 year ago

Thanks a lot my friend I'm working on what you sent me and is working great, there is just some little things I need to work on, I really appreciate your help my friend this things that I'm doing is keeping me alive because finally I have a goal in my life and your helping me doing it. Thanks a lot from my heart.

Christian1111
1 year ago
Christian1111 1 year ago

hi friends hope your all well, friends I'm trying to my a living from this work and I refine from computer scrap, can someone help me to find some good suppliers because just scammers I'm finding. Please if someone can please me I need some good contacts thanks a lot. ?

David
1 year ago
David 1 year ago

Find some good suppliers of what?

Christian1111
1 year ago

Of scrap Rams,CPUs ect...

Christian1111
1 year ago

If anyone can please, much appreciated ?

Christian1111
1 year ago
Christian1111 1 year ago

hi dear friend ? first of all I would like to wish you happy Christmas and a happy new year.

I need to know how to melt the borax from the gold after I melted, can someone help me please?

Thanks a lot.

Christian1111
1 year ago

Sorry.....How to separate the borax from the gold after melting? Thanks

David
1 year ago
David 1 year ago
David
1 year ago

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