Removal of cyanide and zinc-cyanide complex by an ion-exchange process Academic Article uri icon


  • Removal efficiencies of cyanide and a zinc-cyanide complex in solutions were studied by using an ion-exchange process at pH 10.0 and 12.0. An anion-exchange resin, AMBERLITE IRA-402 Cl, was used to perform packed bed continuous experiments. For the initial 200 mg/l cyanide solution, the packed bed gave a cyanide effluent concentration of 0.2 mg/l at 80 bed volumes for both pH 10.0 and 12.0. Comparatively, in the mixture of 200 mg/l cyanide and 100 mg/l zinc, packed bed volumes were obtained as 80 and 90 at pH 10.0 and 12.0, respectively, to have 0.2 mg/l cyanide effluent concentrations. The packed beds were exhausted at 250 and 400 bed volumes for cyanide and zinc-cyanide complex solutions, respectively. Speciation calculations in Zn(II)/cyanide/OH - were used to interpret the results. The exchange capacities of the resin were determined as 1.2 and 0.9 meq/ml resin for cyanide and zinc-cyanide complex solutions, respectively, and were independent of pH in the studied pH range. 2008 Springer Science+Business Media B.V.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Osathaphan, K., Boonpitak, T., Laopirojana, T., & Sharma, V. K.

citation count

  • 17

complete list of authors

  • Osathaphan, K||Boonpitak, T||Laopirojana, T||Sharma, VK

publication date

  • October 2008