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See detailCopper extraction from coarsely ground printed circuit boards using moderate thermophilic bacteria in a rotating-drum reactor
Rodrigues, Michael; Leão, Versiane; Gomes, Otavio et al

in Waste Management (2015), 41

The current work reports on a new approach for copper bioleaching from Printed Circuit Board (PCB) by moderate thermophiles in a rotating-drum reactor. Initially leaching of PCB was carried out in shake ... [more ▼]

The current work reports on a new approach for copper bioleaching from Printed Circuit Board (PCB) by moderate thermophiles in a rotating-drum reactor. Initially leaching of PCB was carried out in shake flasks to assess the effects of particle size ( 208 lm + 147 lm), ferrous iron concentration (1.25–10.0 g/L) and pH (1.5–2.5) on copper leaching using mesophile and moderate thermophile microorganisms. Only at a relatively low solid content (10.0 g/L) complete copper extraction was achieved from the particle size investigated. Conversely, high copper extractions were possible from coarse-ground PCB (20 mm-long) working with increased solids concentration (up to 25.0 g/L). Because there was as the faster leaching kinetics at 50 C Sulfobacillus thermosulfidooxidans was selected for experiments in a rotating-drum reactor with the coarser-sized PCB sheets. Under optimal conditions, copper extraction reached 85%, in 8 days and microscopic observations by SEM–EDS of the on nonleached and leached material suggested that metal dissolution from the internal layers was restricted by the fact that metal surface was not entirely available and accessible for the solution in the case of the 20 mm-size sheets. [less ▲]

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See detailResearch Self-Evaluation Report of the Department ArGEnCo
Collin, Frédéric ULg; Dewals, Benjamin ULg; Elsen, Catherine ULg et al

Report (2015)

Evaluation is nowadays a general trend in the European Universities. At the University of Liège, the evaluation process is threefold: fist there is the evaluation of the bachelor and master degrees, then ... [more ▼]

Evaluation is nowadays a general trend in the European Universities. At the University of Liège, the evaluation process is threefold: fist there is the evaluation of the bachelor and master degrees, then the second evaluation concerns the internal administrations and finally Research activities are being evaluated. This quality policy at the different levels of the Institution is organized by the Vice-Rector for Quality, Pr. Freddy Coignoul and the SMAQ service (Service de Management et d’Accompagnement à la Qualité), which aims to promote, coordinate and disseminate within the University of Liège a culture of the Quality, founded on the values of the Institution. The Research assessment is a procedure undertaken by the University in order to promote the quality of the research in the Departments or research centres. Within the Faculty of Applied Sciences, the evaluation of the Bachelor and Master degrees in Engineering was carried out in 2013 by the AEQES (Agence pour l’Evaluation de la Qualité de l’Enseignement) and CTI (Commission des Titres d’Ingénieur - France). The present report is dedicated to the evaluation of research led in the Education and Research Department (DER) ArGEnCo. The present evaluation report proposes a global presentation of all our research activities. At the Department level, one of the elected members of the Executive Bureau is in charge of the Research, covering both evaluation and quality policy. In October 2013, the Executive bureau appointed a research steering committee, whose fist task was to coordinate the present evaluation report, following the guidelines of the SMAQ service. The draft of such a document arises from the work of the steering committee but also from the contributions of all Department members, who were asked to contribute to the report or to complete databases. The progress of this evaluation report was presented by the Steering committee to the Department Council and during the General Assembly of the Department. Moreover, two Focus groups were organized by the SMAQ service, in order to get the feedback of technician and administrative members on one hand and scientific members on the other hand, on the general organization of the research in the ArGEnCo Department. The reports of these two Focus groups (Appendix 4 in French) underpinned our thinking about our research management. This report is therefore the fist evaluation of the research led in the Department, the present effort should be pursued, and deepened, within the coming years. Some of the databases necessary for the evaluation have been developed in the frame of this procedure. This has resulted in a huge amount of work for every Department members to collect all the data. New procedures in the management of the Department will help establishing the next research evaluation reports systematically, in particular for the collection of the complete dataset. Following the guidelines of the SMAQ service, this evaluation report is divided into two main parts: the fist one focuses on a self-evaluation report of the research activities and the second part presents the Action Plan of the Department for the next five years to come. The self-evaluation report is composed of four Sections: Section one presents the Research organization and topics of the Department, Section two focuses on the Research activities, Section three gives an overview of the mobility (in and out), the attractiveness and the scientific recognition of the Department and finally Section four is dedicated to the resources available in ArGEnCo Department. Each Section ends up with a SWOT analysis. The Action Plan proposed by the Steering Committee results from the analysis of the self-evaluation report, insofar as it synthesizes and prioritizes the actions of the Department for the next fie years. These priorities are formulated as proposals following a contractual approach between research entities and Institution authorities, to whom the report will be presented. [less ▲]

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See detailCOPPER LEACHING FROM WASTE ELECTRIC CABLES BY BIOHYDROMETALLURGY
Lambert, Fanny ULg; Bastin, David ULg; Gaydardzhiev, Stoyan ULg et al

in Minerals Engineering (2015)

This study examines the leaching of copper from waste electric cables by chemical leaching and leaching catalysed by Acidithiobacillus ferrooxidans in terms of leaching kinetics and reagents consumption ... [more ▼]

This study examines the leaching of copper from waste electric cables by chemical leaching and leaching catalysed by Acidithiobacillus ferrooxidans in terms of leaching kinetics and reagents consumption. Operational parameters such as the nature of the oxidant (Fe3+, O2), the initial ferric iron concentration (0-10 g/L) and the temperature (21-50°C) were identified to have an important influence on the degree of copper solubilisation. At optimal process conditions, copper extraction above 90% was achieved in both leaching systems, with a leaching duration of 1 day. The bacterial leaching system slightly outperformed the chemical one but the positive effect of regeneration of Fe3+ was limited. It appears that the Fe2+ bio-oxidation is not sufficiently optimised. Best results in terms of copper solubilisation kinetics were obtained for the abiotic test at 50°C and for the biotic test at 35°C. Moreover, the study showed that in same operating conditions, a lower acid consumption was recorded for the biotic test than for the abiotic test. [less ▲]

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See detailInsights upon the adsorption mechanism of KAX on malachite
Kanda, Jean-Marie; Kongolo, Mukendi; Gaydardzhiev, Stoyan ULg et al

in Yianatos, Juan (Ed.) Proceedings of the XXVII International Mineral Processing Congress (2014, October 20)

The adsorption patterns of potassium amylxanthate on the surface of high purity malachite subjected to prior sulfidization with NaSH have been followed and elucidated. DRIFTS spectroscopy has been used to ... [more ▼]

The adsorption patterns of potassium amylxanthate on the surface of high purity malachite subjected to prior sulfidization with NaSH have been followed and elucidated. DRIFTS spectroscopy has been used to trace the associated physicochemical alterations as well as the chemical species present on the mineral surface. Varying the collector concentration from 5.10-4 to 1.10-2 mol/L has led to different degree of surface coverage of the alkyl groups in combination with formation of organometallic hydrophobic complexes of CuX and CuX – X2 type. The results reveal that the CuX complex formed on the malachite surface without sulfidizing agent is more unstable and prone to dissolution-precipitation phenomena. Based upon the constructed adsorption isotherms and upon the degree of statistical coverage, different zones of mineral-reagent interactions could be distinguished. They correspond respectively to the monolayer, bi-layer and tridimensional condensation domains. In each of the identified zones mono or double layer adsorption patterns of the collector are proposed leading respectively to formation of surface compounds with different degree of hydrophobicity. [less ▲]

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See detailCopper recovery from waste electric cables by biohydrometallurgy
Lambert, Fanny ULg; Bastin, David ULg

Conference (2014, June 13)

This study examines the leaching of copper from waste electric cables by chemical leaching and leaching catalysed by Acidithiobacillus ferrooxidans in terms of leaching kinetics and reagents consumption ... [more ▼]

This study examines the leaching of copper from waste electric cables by chemical leaching and leaching catalysed by Acidithiobacillus ferrooxidans in terms of leaching kinetics and reagents consumption. Operational parameters such as the nature of the oxidant (Fe3+, O2), the initial ferric iron concentration (0-10 g/L) and the temperature (21-50°C) were identified to have an important influence on the degree of copper solubilisation. At optimal process conditions, copper extraction above 90% was achieved in both leaching systems, with a leaching duration of 1 day. The bacterial leaching system slightly outperformed the chemical one but the positive effect of regeneration of Fe3+ was limited. It appears that the Fe2+ bio-oxidation is not sufficiently optimised. Best results in terms of copper solubilisation kinetics were obtained for the abiotic test at 50°C and for the biotic test at 35°C. Moreover, the study showed that in same operating conditions, a lower acid consumption was recorded for the biotic test than for the abiotic test. [less ▲]

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See detailThe influence of grinding media alloys on the flotation performances at Ellatsite plant (Bulgaria)
Bastin, David ULg; Gaydardzhiev, Stoyan ULg; Jacques, Simon et al

in Proceedings of the XV Balkan Mineral Processing Congress (2013, June)

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See detailAmenability for processing of oolitic iron ore concentrate for phosphorus removal
Ionkov, Krassimir ULg; Gaydardzhiev, Stoyan ULg; Correa de Araujo, Armando et al

in Minerals Engineering (2013), 46-47

Beneficiation routes aimed at dephosphorisation of oolitic gravity magnetic concentrate and involving a combination of roasting, re-grinding, magnetic separation and water and acid leaching are ... [more ▼]

Beneficiation routes aimed at dephosphorisation of oolitic gravity magnetic concentrate and involving a combination of roasting, re-grinding, magnetic separation and water and acid leaching are investigated. Roasting was carried out at 900ºC for one hour without or with lime or sodium hydroxide as roasting additives. When additives were used, cement phases of Si-Al-Na-Ca-O type were detected as well as the mineral giuseppettite. During the thermal process sodium silicate is liquefied and the newly formed phases coat the oolites and penetrate inside the cracks. Energy Dispersive Spectroscopy analysis has indicated that the zone surrounding the oolites consists of Na, Al and Si phases with part of phosphorus being captured there. As a result of the alkaline roasting, goethite is partly transformed to magnetite and this reduction is reinforced with an increase in sodium hydroxide dosage. Investigation of redistribution of phosphorous shows that it could be only partly separated if leaching is not accompanied by re-grinding and physical separation. The recommended dosage of the reductive agent for the final flowsheet is 8 % mass ratio to concentrate. Grinding to a mean size of 0.040 mm, with water and acid leaching and double magnetic separation creates conditions to obtain a high-quality iron concentrate with 65.97 % Fe and recovery of 92.43 %, with simultaneous decrease in the phosphorus content from 0.71 % to 0.05 %. [less ▲]

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See detailShort course: Iron ores - Part II Process
Bastin, David ULg

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See detailShort course: Iron ores - Part I Ore Geology
Bastin, David ULg

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See detailOnline monitoring of the interaction of balls and slurry with the Sensomag ®
Köttgen, Axel; Leroy, Sophie ULg; Bastin, David ULg et al

Poster (2012, December 10)

Presentation of Optimag Project results. Optimag aims to optimize the ball milling operations through the use of an embarked sensor, called the Sensomag, and developed by Magotteaux to monitor in real ... [more ▼]

Presentation of Optimag Project results. Optimag aims to optimize the ball milling operations through the use of an embarked sensor, called the Sensomag, and developed by Magotteaux to monitor in real time the position of the slurry and the grinding balls. [less ▲]

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See detailPotential for application of alkali roast acid leach technology for removal of phosphorus from iron ore
Ionkov, Krassimir ULg; Gaydardzhiev, Stoyan ULg; Bastin, David ULg et al

in Proceedings of 6-th International Congress on the Science and Technology of Ironmaking ICSTI (2012, October)

The present study deals with the effect of sodium hydroxide and sodium carbonate used as additives during oxidizing roasting of oolitic limonite iron concentrate and more precisely upon the change in its ... [more ▼]

The present study deals with the effect of sodium hydroxide and sodium carbonate used as additives during oxidizing roasting of oolitic limonite iron concentrate and more precisely upon the change in its magnetic susceptibility. Further, the efficiency of Alkali Roast Acid Leach (ARAL) technology for dephosphorisation of the concentrate is compared with the case when sodium hydroxide was added in alkali leach after roasting. The treatment without additives in roasting resulted in obtaining iron concentrate with 58 % iron and 0.21 % phosphorus, while the ARAL approach yielded concentrate with 63 % iron and 0.09 % phosphorus. The influence of combination of coke as reducing agent and sodium hydroxide in roasting at 900°C is also investigated and results displayed in 3D form. The combination of ARAL with reductive roasting, grinding of the clinker to 80 % - 0,075 mm, flotation of the non-reacted coke and magnetic separation before and after the acid leach resulted in iron concentrate with 66 % iron and 0.05 % phosphorus. The study has shown that the application of the ARAL approach with low addition of alkalis followed by 10 to 15 minute acid leaching at ambient temperature could substantially reduce phosphorus, thus offering the possibility for efficient treatment of high phosphorus iron ores. [less ▲]

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See detailRemoval of phosphorous through roasting of oolitic iron ore with alkaline earth additives
Ionkov, Krassimir ULg; Gaydardzhiev, Stoyan ULg; Bastin, David ULg et al

in Proceedings of the XXVI International Mineral Processing Congress (2012, September)

The present study is devoted to improvement of the leaching efficiency during phosphorous removal from high phosphorous gravity-magnetic concentrate. Before leaching the concentrate has been subjected to ... [more ▼]

The present study is devoted to improvement of the leaching efficiency during phosphorous removal from high phosphorous gravity-magnetic concentrate. Before leaching the concentrate has been subjected to roasting with the addition of either Ca(OH)2 or CaO. The oolitic iron ore is roasted at 900°C for one hour. This reflects in reaction between alkaline earth additive and quartz, aluminosilicates, phosphorus, and some other minor components of the gangue minerals. The application of leaching, physical separation, and wash out of salts has resulted in the decrease of phosphorus from 0.7 to 0.15 % and it is established that the major influencing factor is the concentration of acid and to a less extent duration of the leaching process. About two third of the phosphorus can be removed by roasting with 3 % CaO to hematite, coarse grinding to d50 0.3 mm, dry high intensity magnetic separation and leaching of the magnetic fraction with hydro-chloric or nitric acid. [less ▲]

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See detailSite visit report, Foskor Phalaborwa (RSA)
Bastin, David ULg

Report (2012)

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