Challenges and opportunities in the recovery of gold from electronic waste

Mudila Dhanunjaya Rao, Kamalesh K. Singh*, Carole A. Morrison, Jason B. Love

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Abstract

Rapid global technological development has led to the rising production of electronic waste that presents both challenges and opportunities in its recycling. In this review, we highlight the value of metal resources in the printed circuit boards (PCBs) commonly found in end-of-life electronics, the differences between primary (ore) mining applications and secondary ('urban') mining, and the variety of metallurgical separations, in particular those that have the potential to selectively and sustainably recover gold from waste PCBs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4300-4309
Number of pages10
JournalRSC Advances
Volume10
Issue number8
Early online date27 Jan 2020
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 27 Jan 2020

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