An efficient leaching of palladium from spent catalysts through oxidation with Fe(III)
Journal article, 2019

Reclamation of spent catalysts for the efficient recovery of palladium (Pd) is gaining growing attention due to its scarcity and high supply risk. Currently Pd extraction from spent catalysts through an efficient, economical, and green method has remained a challenge. In this study, Fe 3+ is utilized for leaching through oxidation of Pd in a mild condition. Before leaching, distillation was proposed to remove and recover the organics from spent catalysts. The effects of HCl concentration, Fe 3+ concentration, NaCl concentration, leaching time, and temperature on the leaching efficiency of Pd were investigated to determine the optimum leaching conditions. The results show that Pd extraction and dissolution of Al 2 O 3 increase with higher HCl concentration. The effect of NaCl on Pd leaching efficiency is significant at low acid concentration (2.0 mol/L HCl). The leaching efficiency was 99.5% for Pd under the following conditions: 2.0 mol/L HCl, 4.0 mol/L NaCl, and 0.67 mol/L Fe 3+ at 80 °C for 90 min. The leaching kinetics fits best to the shrinking-core model of surface chemical reaction. The activation energy for the leaching of Pd was 47.6 kJ/mol. PdCl 42- was selectively adsorbed by anion exchange resin. The filtrate containing adequate H + , Cl - , and Fe 3+ was reused as leaching agent. Pd leaching efficiency was over 96% after five cycle times. This study provides an efficient process for recovery of Pd from spent catalysts.

Palladium recovery

Spent catalysts

Fe oxidative leaching 3+



Yunji Ding

University of Science and Technology Beijing

Huandong Zheng

University of Science and Technology Beijing

Jiayi Li

University of Science and Technology Beijing

Shengen Zhang

University of Science and Technology Beijing

Bo Liu

University of Science and Technology Beijing

Christian Ekberg

Chalmers, Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Energy and Material, Nuclear Chemistry


1996-1944 (ISSN)

Vol. 12 8 1205

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