Literature Review of Hydrometallurgical Recycling of Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs)
Hao Cui* and Corby G Anderson
Kroll Institute for Extractive Metallurgy, Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO 80401, USA
- *Corresponding Author:
- Hao Cui
Kroll Institute for Extractive Metallurgy
Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO 80401, USA
E-mail: [email protected]
Received date: December 16, 2015; Accepted date: January 05, 2016; Published date: January 18, 2016
Citation: Cui H, Anderson CG (2016) Literature Review of Hydrometallurgical Recycling of Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs). J Adv Chem Eng 6:142. doi:10.4172/2090-4568.1000142
Copyright: © 2016 Cui H, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
This study provides an up-to-date review of recycling of printed circuit boards (PCBs), specifically in hydrometallurgical treatment. Waste printed circuit boards, which are rich in base and precious metals, are the essential component of end-of-life electrical and electronic equipment. From the economic and environmental perspectives, the efficient recycling of PCBs is of importance. For the extraction of metals from PCBs, a large amount of work has been done to establish an environmentally friendly and economic way to recover metals from PCBs based on physical, pyrometallurgical and hydrometallurgical processes. Among those processes, hydrometallurgy is a promising treatment due to its low capital cost, high selectivity and lower environmental impact. This review emphasizes the recycling of PCBs by physical and hydrometallurgical treatments.