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Platinum Metals Rev., 2005, 49, (4), 189
doi: 10.1595/147106705X77988

Chemical Extraction of Precious Metals


  • (in Chinese), Chemical Industry Press,
  • Beijing, China, 2005, 340 pages, ISBN (hardcover) 7-5025-6092-0, Yuan ¥ 49.00

This book, combining theory and practice, provides detailed data obtained during studies on the chemistry of solvent extraction of the precious metals in China and abroad. The book has 14 chapters, organised by the main theme of the solvent extraction chemistry of the platinum group metals, gold and silver.

The sources, properties, uses and separation methods of precious metals are introduced in Chapter 1. Aqueous solution chemistry and the fundamental theory of solvent extraction chemistry, with various extractants for the precious metals, are reviewed in Chapters 2 to 4. Chapters 5 to 10 cover methods of separation using solvent extraction and related technologies, for gold, palladium, platinum, rhodium, iridium, osmium, ruthenium and silver, and comprise the most important part of the book..

The last four chapters discuss integrated solvent extraction separation technologies, extraction synergistics and kinetic. There are 4 Appendices which describe the main extractants, dilutants and data on their parameters for solvent extraction and separation. Product standards in China, U.S.A., and Russia are given. The book is illustrated by colour photographs of pilot and industrial plants in China.

The Editor of the Book

Jianmin Yu is a Professor in the Applied Chemistry Department at Kunming University of Science and Technology, Kunming,Yunnan 650093, China. He is interested in extraction, separation, recovery and refining of precious metals. E-mail:

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