Removing copper from nickel anodes
Is there any compound (except cyanides) I could use to remove (strip) copper from nickel anodes. Copper from our bus bars contaminated the nickel anodes.
- Chicopee, Massachusetts
You could try a stabilized hydrogen peroxide and sulfuric acid solution. About 10% stabilized peroxide and about 3-5% sulfuric at about 100F should work pretty quickly.Dan Brewer
chemical process supplier - Gurnee, Illinois
First of two simultaneous responses --
I stumbled upon a really quick and efficient way to strip copper from nickel anodes. It's probably more expensive than the peroxide/sulfuric method, but it's nearly instantaneous and can be done at room temp in a bucket.
I used 0.1 N potassium iodate solution and a little bit of 5% HCl to start the reaction. We use potassium iodate in the lab for tin titrations - it was handy and worked very well.Debra Mansperger
- Chandler, Arizona, USA
Second of two simultaneous responses --
Ammonia in any concentration above 20% will dissolve copper without affecting nickel. Only problem is its obnoxious odor and difficulty to waste treat.
Good luck.Guillermo Marrufo
Monterrey, NL, Mexico