Removal of Heavy Metals (Cu, Pb, and Zn) from Contaminated Sediment Using a Flotation Technique

    Volume 9, Issue 4 (April 2012)

    ISSN: 1546-962X

    CODEN: JAIOAD

    Published Online: 1 April 2012

    Page Count: 11


    Palakkeel veetil, Dileep
    Dept. of Water, Earth and Environmental Sciences, National Institute of Scientific Research (INRS), Quebec, Quebec,

    Mercier, Guy
    Dept. of Water, Earth and Environmental Sciences, National Institute of Scientific Research (INRS), Quebec, Quebec,

    Blais, Jean-Francois
    Dept. of Water, Earth and Environmental Sciences, National Institute of Scientific Research (INRS), Quebec, Quebec,

    (Received 15 July 2011; accepted 19 December 2011)

    Abstract

    This paper investigates the effectiveness of froth flotation to remove copper and other heavy metals from dredged anoxic sediments (<250 μm) using a lab scale flotation cell with a selected anionic collector. A sediment fraction selected for flotation tests was potentially contaminated with a copper concentration of about 1763 mg/kg. The sequential extraction study of sediments showed that copper was mainly incorporated, between 70%–85% in the sulfide-organic fraction. The mineralogical analysis of sediment particle by scanning electron microscopy identified that chalcopyrite was the predominant copper sulfide form in the sediments. Flotation tests under controlled, predetermined experimental conditions showed selective flotation removal of copper (70.4%) among other metals with less mass recovery (froth mass).


    Paper ID: JAI104210

    DOI: 10.1520/JAI104210

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    Title Removal of Heavy Metals (Cu, Pb, and Zn) from Contaminated Sediment Using a Flotation Technique
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