Recovery of Fe and Al from red mud by a novel fractional precipitation process.


State Key Laboratory of Multi-phase Complex Systems, Institute of Process Engineering, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, 100190, China. [Email]


The development of cheap and effective approach for utilizing red mud (RM) waste is a long and arduous task. This work provided a technically and economically feasible route to utilize RM waste for the production of high valuable chemicals by use of the industrial wastes as cheap raw materials. The Fe and Al elements were first leached from RM through hydrothermal reaction and then were separated by precipitation after the Fe(III) in leachate was reduced to Fe(II) by iron powder. Above 90% Fe and Al were extracted from RM with the Fe and Al purity of about 95% and 45%, respectively. The control test revealed that the main impurity of Al product was caused by the adsorbed SO42- during the precipitation of the Al3+. The structural characterization demonstrated that the obtained Fe products were in nanoscale, and the Ti-Si residue has high BET area of 203.7 m2/g. Four products of nano-Fe3O4/nano-Fe, aluminum oxide, Ti-Si residue, and (NH4)2SO4 were obtained as valuable chemical materials for industry. This demonstrated utilization of industrial waste to produce high added-value products with high efficiency and low cost will possess promising application prospect for the resource utilization of RM in industry.


High added value,Hydrothermal reaction,Precipitation separation,Red mud,

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