Recovery of metals from dilute aqueous solutions using pulsed electrodeposition

Andrew Wessman, Michael L. Free

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In order to facilitate the recovery of pure metals from solutions containing a mixture of dissolved metal ions, a pulsed electrodeposition method was developed. Using this method, it is possible to selectively remove metal ions from solution based upon the electrochemical potential of the particular ion desired. The use of pulsed electrodeposition rather than direct current electrodeposition creates an electrodeposited material with better morphology, increases electrical efficiency of the process, and avoids problems with short circuiting between electrodes. Using this method, it is possible to recover dissolved metal ions in a purified form in one simple step, and therefore maximizes recovery of the metal ions while obtaining them in a saleable form. This method is likely to be useful in improving the recycling process for numerous complex metal mixtures and alloys.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages9
StatePublished - 2005
Externally publishedYes
Event2005 TMS Annual Meeting - San Francisco, CA, United States
Duration: Feb 13 2005Feb 17 2005


Conference2005 TMS Annual Meeting
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Francisco, CA


  • Dilute
  • Dissolved Metal Ions
  • Electrodeposition
  • Recovery
  • Recycling

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Metals and Alloys


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