October 2019
Volume 71    Issue 10

Selective precipitation of high-quality rare earth oxalates or carbonates from a purified sulfuric liquor containing soluble impurities

Silva, Ruberlan Gomes; Morais, Carlos Antonio; Teixeira, Leandro Viana; Oliveira, Eder Domingos


Full-text paper:
Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration, https://doi.org/10.1007/s42461-019-0090-6

Special attention must be considered in the production of high-grade rare earth products, such as mixed rare earth oxalates or carbonates. In the main minerals used industrially, the rare earth elements (REEs) are finely associated with impurities like calcium (Ca), magnesium (Mg), manganese (Mn), iron (Fe), aluminum (Al), thorium (Th), uranium (U) and phosphorus (P). Most of these impurities must be removed to avoid losses of rare earth oxides (REOs) as well as to prevent product quality degradation and low operational performance in the downstream steps of solvent extraction or ion exchange. The present study aims at investigating the conditions required to precipitate REEs, either as rare earth oxalates or carbonates, from purified rare earth sulfuric liquor with low Al3+ and UO22+ concentrations and very high Ca2+, Mg2+, Mn2+, and SO42− impurity contents.


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