Ion Exchange Resin Technology in Recovery of Precious and Noble Metals

  • A. MohebbiEmail author
  • A. Abolghasemi Mahani
  • A. Izadi


Ion exchange technology has received outstanding attention in a wide variety of industries, including water treatment, pharmaceuticals, petrochemicals and hydrometallurgy due to its fast and high-efficiency operations. In hydrometallurgical applications, ion exchange resins have been used increasingly for the recovery and purification of metal pregnant solutions or for effluent treatment. This chapter devoted to an integrated evaluation of the present uses and future developments of the ion exchange resins in extraction and recovery of precious and noble metals including gold, silver, copper, uranium and iron. A detailed discussion about the recent advances of the ion exchange technique in metal recovery from their pregnant solutions is also presented from the aspects of anion metal adsorption on the resins and metal-loaded resin elution. Besides comprehensive overview about the effectiveness of surface modified resins, the major limitations of the resin adsorption techniques are pointed out.





1-(2-aminoethyl) piperazine


Bed volume


Chemical and mechanical polishing


Central processing units






U.S. Environmental Protection Agency




Ion exchange


Ion exchange resins


Mixed amines


Polyamine groups


Pin contact elements


Precious metals


Quaternary ammonium


Quaternary amino groups


Quaternary amine groups


Resin in pulp


Resin in solution


Secondary amino groups


Polystyrene crosslinked with divinylbenzene


Solvent extraction-Electrowinning


Tertiary amino groups






Weak base resin


Wasted electronics and electronic equipment


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  1. 1.Department of Chemical Engineering, Faculty of EngineeringShahid Bahonar University of KermanKermanIran
  2. 2.Faculty of Engineering, School of Chemical EngineeringUniversity of TehranTehranIran

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