Document Type : Original Research Paper


Department of Mining Engineering, Lorestan University, Lorestan, Iran


The present work is aimed to examine the elimination of cyanide ions from the wastewater derived from the Agh-Darreh gold mine using the Caro’s acid method. The response surface modeling is utilized to evaluate and optimize the influential parameters such as the sulfuric acid/hydrogen peroxide ratio, pH, Caro’s acid concentration, and contact time on the elimination process. The results obtained indicate that the increase in the Caro’s acid concentration and contact time has a positive impact on the elimination of the free cyanide ions, while the increment in the weight ratio of sulfuric acid/hydrogen peroxide and pH higher than 9.5 demonstrate a negative impact. Also it is found that the quadratic effect of pH has the highest influence on the removal of cyanide ion, and the linear effect of the ratio of sulfuric acid/hydrogen peroxide has the lowest degree of importance. Additionally, the optimization process is carried out, and about 96.4% of the cyanide ions is eliminated from the wastewater under the optimal conditions including 2 g/L Caro’s acid concentration, 9.3 pH, 8 min contact time, and sulfuric acid to hydrogen peroxide (weight) ratio of 2.


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