oa South African Journal of Chemistry - The use of Dowex-M43 ion-exchange resin in the determination of Pt and Pd in converter matte by ICP-OES : research article

Volume 62, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0379-4350



The method of choice for the separation of platinum group metals (PGMs) from base metals and easily ionizable elements (EIEs) is usually ion-exchange. This paper describes an anion-exchange procedure using Dowex-M43 for the separation of EIEs in geological samples (converter matte) from PGMs and Au. Aqueous commercial standards were used to study the adsorption capacity of the Dowex-M43 resin for both Pd and Pt metals (0-1000 gmL-1). The concentrations of Pd and Pt were determined using inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectroscopy (ICP-OES). The results from the analysis of solutions prepared from commercial standards after ion-exchange treatment showed quantitative recoveries of both Pt (97%) and Pd (99%) from Dowex-M43 resin using 0.1 mol L-1 thiourea solution. Good agreement was observed between results obtained in this method and those obtained with the use of the conventional acid dissolution method for the determination of Pd and Pt in converter matte.

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