Title

Comparative study of interaction between pyrite and cysteine by thermogravimetric and electrochemical techniques

Document Type

Article

Publication details

Wang, Z, Xie, X, Xiao, S & Liu, J 2010, 'Comparative study of interaction between pyrite and cysteine by thermogravimetric and electrochemical techniques', Hydrometallurgy, vol. 101, no. 1-2, pp. 88-92.

Published version available from: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.hydromet.2009.11.015

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Peer-Reviewed

Abstract

Adsorption mechanism of l-cysteine on pyrite was investigated by thermogravimetric and electrochemical techniques. TG curves provided the direct evidence for chemisorption of cysteine on pyrite surface. Once cysteine adsorbed to pyrite surface, Ecorr (corrosion potential) sharply lowered whereas Icorr (corrosion current) increased rapidly. Pyrite became more susceptible to be oxidized even at lower potential as cysteine was added. However, the mechanism for pyrite oxidation does not fundamentally change, although cysteine can obviously accelerate oxidation rate of pyrite. These findings have important implications for understanding the mechanism of bacterial adhesion to pyrite and even metal sulfide bioleaching.