Acta Phys. -Chim. Sin. ›› 1991, Vol. 7 ›› Issue (06): 735-739.doi: 10.3866/PKU.WHXB19910620

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Electrochemical Studies on Pyrite

Yang Song-Qing; Jiang Han-Ying   

  1. Centro-South University of Technology, Changsha 410083
  • Received:1991-01-19 Revised:1991-06-13 Published:1991-12-15
  • Contact: Yang Song-Qing

Abstract: The anodic and cathodic processes of pyrite in acid solution of sulfate and chloride have been studied.
The stable products of anodic processes are Fe~(3+), SO_4~(2-), as well as Fe~(2+) and S. The first stage of anodic reaction is:
FeS_3= Fe~(2+)+2S+2e~- (1)
followed by the oxidation of Fe~(2+) to Fe~(3+) and the production of SO_4~(2-). The relationship of overpotential (η) and the current density (Ⅰ) can be represented by the equation:
the exchange current density is 0.005 A·m~(-2), and the standard rate constant is 2.58×10~(-8) ms~(-1).
The mechanism for the reaction (1) might be expressed as:...

Key words: Pyrite, Anodic and cathodic processes, Reaction mechanism