Saturday, January 07, 2012

Solvent Extraction

Solvent extraction (also known as chemical extraction) is a cleanup method that uses solvents to extract or remove harmful chemicals from polluted materials.
The greatest contribution in achievements of solvent extraction provided extractants based on hydroxyoximes. As they were synthesized there were no better copper extractants, and since then all investigations were performed in order to improve their properties.
With the recently developed technologies that are now under investigations in demonstration plants and ongoing research into improved technologies, we can safely predict that solvent extraction will eventually contribute to an increasing fraction of the copper produced each year not only from oxide but also from sulphide ores.

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