Definition of the process to separate light rare earths by working with (2-Ethylexyl)-Mono(2-Ethylexyl)ester phosphonic acid (P507) in a mixer settler battery

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The rare earth elements are essential for a diverse and expanding array of high-technology applications, which constitute an important part of the industrial economy of the 21st century. As a matter of fact, rare earth has been listed in the category of strategic elements in many countries becoming a core business for international research. Experimental tests have been carried out on a bench scale battery of mixer settler composed of 24 stages, each one with a volume of 150 ml. These trials have been performed at room temperature checked by a micro-climatic control system. The battery was setted in two sections: extraction and scrubbing section. Rare earths concentrations were obtained by ICP-OES analysis made on aqueous phase and on the stripped from organic phase. We obtained a complete separation of light rare earth (La, Ce, Pr, Nd) in two sub-groups: La/Ce and Pr/Nd.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2014
EventRare Metal Technology 2014 - TMS 2014 143rd Annual Meeting and Exhibition - , United States
Duration: 1 Jan 2014 → …


ConferenceRare Metal Technology 2014 - TMS 2014 143rd Annual Meeting and Exhibition
CountryUnited States
Period1/1/14 → …


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

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

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