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Nickel Recovery from Hyperaccumulator Plants Using a Chelating Resin

Abstract : A wide variety of plants are able to extract nickel (Ni) from soils and accumulate this metal in their foliage. Hydrometallurgical processes have been developed to recover Ni in the form of metal or salts, starting from the plant A. murale. They include: (1) a combustion step, to obtain ash containing 15–20% Ni; (2) a leaching step; and (3) purification. That whole flowsheet has been thoroughly investigated, and the processes scaled up to the pilot scale. Another strategy is presented here, consisting of recovering Ni without burning the plant. Ni can be extracted from the dry plant by water leaching, but the leachate is a multi-element solution from which Ni has to be separated. Selective precipitation of Ni hydroxide is not possible since Ni is bound to organic ligands. In this work, the plant leachate is processed by adsorption on the chelating resin DOWEXTM M4195. The results showed that Ni was selectively retained whereas the other main cations were not. Nickel could be recovered at the elution step. This methodology needs to be further investigated but these initial results are very encouraging and open the possibility of Ni recovery by agromining
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Mathilde Guilpain, Baptiste Laubie, Marie-Odile Simonnot. Nickel Recovery from Hyperaccumulator Plants Using a Chelating Resin. Extraction 2018: Proceedings of the First Global Conference on Extractive Metallurgy, Aug 2018, Ottawa, Canada. pp.1961-1969, ⟨10.1007/978-3-319-95022-8_162⟩. ⟨hal-02353701⟩



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