Electrorefining effectively separates metals from their corresponding alloys. To obtain Nd from Cu6Nd alloy, cyclic voltammetry and square wave voltammetry were used to investigate the reduction behavior of Nd3+ and the anode dissolution behavior of Cu6Nd in the NaCl–KCl–0.5mol%NdCl3 melt at 1023 K. According to the analysis of the electrochemical behavior, the cell voltage was determined to be between 0.3 and 1.2 V for separating Nd from Cu6Nd. After electrolysis at 0.6 V for 4 h, the Nd was found at the surface of the Mo cathode without any Cu. For the Fe cathode, a deposition with an atom ratio of Nd: Fe = 1:1 was formed on the surface. However, the low current density of separation remains a great experimental challenge that must be solved.
|Journal||International Journal of Minerals, Metallurgy and Materials|
|Publication status||Published - 2020|
- CuNd alloy
- electrochemical separation
- molten salt