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Summary for Patent: 6,953,120
Title: Method of recovering metal and/or oxide thereof in a slurry and tailings obtained from said method
Abstract:A method of recovering metal and/or oxide thereof from a slurry is described. The method involves magnetically separating at least a portion of any magnetic impurities from the slurry and then leaching or dissolving at least a portion of any remaining magnetic impurities in a slurry. At least one chelating agent can then be added to the slurry and the solids can be recovered from the slurry by various separation techniques. The methods of the present invention are particularly useful in the recovery of tantalum and/or oxide thereof especially tantalum and/or oxide thereof having a very fine size.
Inventor(s): Deveau; Claude (Lac du Bonnet, CA), Young; Stephen R. (Lac du Bonnet, CA)
Assignee: Cabot Corporation (Boston, MA)
Application Number:10/071,841
Patent Claims:1. A method of recovering metal and/or oxide thereof present in a slurry comprising steps (a)-(d): (a) magnetically separating at least a portion of magnetic impurities present in said slurry from said slurry wherein said magnetically separating comprises applying a magnetic force of 2000 gauss or lower to said slurry in order to attract at least a portion of said magnetic impurities; (b) leaching or dissolving at least a portion of the remaining magnetic impurities in said slurry after step (a); (c) adding at least one chelating agent to said slurry at about the same time as step (b) or after step (b); and (d) recovering solids comprising said metal and/or oxide thereof present in said slurry after step (c).

2. The method of claim 1, further comprising forming a new slurry with the solids obtained from step (d).

3. The method of claim 2, further comprising adding at least one surfactant to said new slurry.

4. The method of claim 3, wherein said surfactant comprises sulphosuccinamate.

5. The method of claim 1, wherein said magnetic impurities comprise iron.

6. The method of claim 1, wherein said metal and/or oxide thereof comprises at least one valve metal and/or oxide thereof.

7. The method of claim 1, wherein said metal and/or oxide thereof comprises tantalum and/or oxide thereof.

8. The method of claim 1, wherein said metal comprises tantalum and/or oxide thereof and said magnetic impurities comprise iron.

9. The method of claim 1, wherein said chelating agent comprises citric acid.

10. The method of claim 1, wherein said recovering solids is accomplished by the filtration of the slurry to recover said solids.

11. The method of claim 1, wherein prior to magnetically separating, said slurry is subjected to a gravity separation.

12. The method of claim 2, wherein said new slurry is subjected to a flotation process to recover said metal from said new slurry.

13. The method of claim 1, wherein said metal and/or oxide thereof is tin, copper, nickel, lead, cobalt, or oxides thereof.

14. The method of claim 1, wherein said leaching or dissolving is achieved by the addition of one or more acids.

15. The method of claim 1, wherein said step (b) and step (c) occur at about the same time.

16. The method of claim 14, wherein said chelating agent and said acid are added at about the same time.

17. The method of claim 1, wherein said slurry has a pH of about 4 or lower throughout said method.

18. The method of claim 1, wherein said metal and/or oxide thereof has a particle size of from about 1 micron to about 100 microns.

19. Tailings obtained from ore comprising 250 ppm or less Ta.sub.2 O.sub.5 in said tailings, wherein the ore is pegmatite, and wherein said tailings have a particle size of from about 1 micron to about 100 microns.

20. The tailings of claim 19, wherein said tailings comprise 200 ppm or less Ta.sub.2 O.sub.5.

21. The tailings of claim 19, wherein said tailings comprise from about 10 ppm to about 200 ppm Ta.sub.2 O.sub.5.

22. Tailings obtained from ore comprising 250 ppm or less tantalum and/or oxide thereof in said tailings, wherein the ore is a tantalum bearing ore, and wherein said tailings have a particle size of from about 1 micron to about 100 microns.

23. The railings of claim 22, wherein said tantalum bearing ore contains at least about 0.025 wt % Ta.sub.2 O.sub.5, based on the weight of the ore.

24. The tailings of claim 22, wherein said tantalum bearing ore comprises one or more tantalum minerals.

25. The tailings of claim 24, wherein said tantalum minerals comprise wodginite, pyrochlore-microlite group, microlite, Simpsonsite, colombo-tantalite group, tantalite, ixiolite, bismutio-tantalite, tapiolite, titano-wodginite, rankamaite, or combinations thereof.

26. The tailings of claim 22, wherein said tantalum bearing ore is carbonitite, apogranite, alkaline complex, pegmatitic granite, scarn, or combinations thereof.

27. The tailings of claim 22, wherein said tailings comprise from about 10 ppm to about 100 ppm Ta.sub.2 O.sub.5.

28. The tailings of claim 22, wherein said tailings comprise from about 10 ppm to about 70 ppm Ta.sub.2 O.sub.5.

29. The tailings of claim 19, wherein said particle size is from about 1 microns to about 7 microns.

30. The tailings of claim 19, wherein said particle size is from about 5 microns to about 35 microns.

31. The tailings of claim 22, wherein said particle size is from about 1 micron to about 75 microns.

32. The tailings of claim 22, wherein said particle size is from about 5 microns to about 35 microns.

33. A method of recovering metal and/or oxide thereof present in a slurry comprising: (a) magnetically separating at least a portion of magnetic impurities present in said slurry from said slurry; (b) leaching or dissolving at least a portion of die remaining magnetic impurities in said slurry; (c) adding at least one chelating agent to said slurry; and (d) recovering solids comprising said metal and/or oxide thereof present in said slurry, wherein said metal end/or oxide thereof comprises tantalum and/or oxide thereof.

34. A method of recovering metal and/or oxide thereof present in a slurry comprising: (a) magnetically separating at least a portion of magnetic impurities present in said slurry from said slurry; (b) leaching or dissolving at least a portion of the remaining magnetic impurities in said slurry; (c) adding at least one chelating agent to said slurry and (d) recovering solids comprising said metal and/or oxide thereof present in said slurry, wherein prior to magnetically separating, said slurry is subjected to a gravity separation.

35. The method of claim 34, wherein said metal and/or oxide thereof is a valve metal and/or oxide thereof.

Details for Patent 6,953,120

Applicant Tradename Biologic Ingredient Dosage Form BLA Number Approval Date Patent No. Assignee Estimated Patent Expiration Status Orphan Source
Pharmalucence MICROLITE technetium tc-99m albumin colloid kit INJECTABLE;INJECTION 018263 001 1983-05-31   Start Trial Cabot Corporation (Boston, MA) 2040-03-31 DISCN search
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