Fungal Bioleaching of Spent Hydroprocessing Catalyst: Effect of Decoking and Particle Size

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. This work reports on the bioleaching of spent NiMo catalyst using Aspergillus niger. As-received and decoked catalysts of various sizes (as-received, 180-120 µm, 120-45 µm and <45 µm) were examined. Chemical analysis of the spent catalyst confirmed the presence of heavy metals including Al (38.2%), Ni (3.36%), and Mo (12.9%). SEM-EDX analysis revealed a change in the metal distribution within the spent catalyst following the decoking process. In one-step bioleaching where the fungus was inoculated together with the catalyst, fungal growth was not observed. In 2-step bioleaching where the catalyst was added three days after the start of the fungal incubation, the highest Mo (87.3%) and Al (17.20%) leaching efficiencies were obtained from the catalyst of smallest particle size (i.e. decoked grounded; <45µm) while the highest Ni leaching efficiency (94%) was achieved from the as-received spent catalyst.

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Advanced Materials Research (Volumes 71-73)

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Edgardo R. Donati, Marisa R. Viera, Eduardo L. Tavani, María A. Giaveno, Teresa L. Lavalle, Patricia A. Chiacchiarini

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665-668

DOI:

10.4028/www.scientific.net/AMR.71-73.665

Citation:

M. Islam and Y. P. Ting, "Fungal Bioleaching of Spent Hydroprocessing Catalyst: Effect of Decoking and Particle Size ", Advanced Materials Research, Vols. 71-73, pp. 665-668, 2009

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May 2009

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