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Processing of metals and metal oxides using ionic liquids

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Abstract

Hydrometallurgy lies at the heart of many industrial processes and is the source of a large volume of aqueous waste. Treating dilute streams of acidic and basic by-products is both energy and chemical intensive, and is one of the largest sources of metal-based emissions into the environment. Over the past decade, numerous studies have been made into the use of ionic liquids for metal dissolution, extraction and recovery. This article critically reviews the potential efficacy of these methods and signposts the areas where further research is needed.

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The article was received on 20 Oct 2010, accepted on 04 Jan 2011 and first published on 07 Feb 2011


Article type: Critical Review
DOI: 10.1039/C0GC00716A
Green Chem., 2011,13, 471-481

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    Processing of metals and metal oxides using ionic liquids

    A. P. Abbott, G. Frisch, J. Hartley and K. S. Ryder, Green Chem., 2011, 13, 471
    DOI: 10.1039/C0GC00716A

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