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Issue 8, 2020
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Challenges and opportunities in the recovery of gold from electronic waste

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Abstract

Rapid global technological development has led to the rising production of electronic waste that presents both challenges and opportunities in its recycling. In this review, we highlight the value of metal resources in the printed circuit boards (PCBs) commonly found in end-of-life electronics, the differences between primary (ore) mining applications and secondary (‘urban’) mining, and the variety of metallurgical separations, in particular those that have the potential to selectively and sustainably recover gold from waste PCBs.

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Submitted
19 Sep 2019
Accepted
15 Jan 2020
First published
27 Jan 2020

This article is Open Access

RSC Adv., 2020,10, 4300-4309
Article type
Review Article

Challenges and opportunities in the recovery of gold from electronic waste

M. D. Rao, K. K. Singh, C. A. Morrison and J. B. Love, RSC Adv., 2020, 10, 4300
DOI: 10.1039/C9RA07607G

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