The generation of mining waste has been the subject of environmental, economic, and social concern. Thus, alternative and sustainable methods of metal treatment and recovery are desired. This paper focuses on the application of ion exchange technology for the recovery of metals from the mining effluent of lateritic nickel by chelating resin Dowex XUS43605. Chelating resin was chosen due to its ability to capture transition metals. 1 g of Dowex XUS43605 with 50 mL synthetic solution in 250 mL flask is shaken, in a speed of 200 rpm. The synthetic solution has nine types of metals, such as Al, Co, Cr, Cu, Fe3+, Mg, Mn, Ni, and Zn. Batch technique was employed to examine the effects of contact time (1–7 h) when solution was adjusted at pH 1.5 at 25 °C. The present work demonstrates that the chelating resin shows negligibly higher selectivity for copper ions compared to the other metals. The metal ions (Al, Co, Cr, Mg, Mn, and Zn) present in the solution were not adsorbed.
Ion exchange Batch adsorption Transition metals
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To the Counsel of Technological and Scientific Development (CNPq) for the financial support through doctorate grant.
To the Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior (CAPES) for the financial support through master grant.
To the Instituto Tecnológico Vale.
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