Investigation on chalcopyrite leaching with methanesulfonic acid (MSA) and hydrogen peroxide

Junmo Ahn, Jiajia Wu, Jaeheon Lee

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Methanesulfonic acid (MSA) is an organic acid and was used to leach copper from chalcopyrite. MSA is a strong acid with higher solubility of various metals. A suite of leaching tests of chalcopyrite at 75 °C with various lixiviants exhibited that MSA showed the highest copper extraction of 47% at 96 h with 30 g/L MSA and 5 g/L ferric. The copper extraction increased to over 90% with hydrogen peroxide as an oxidant at 75 °C. The activation energy of the reaction with MSA and hydrogen peroxide was calculated to be 39.9 kJ/mol, indicating that the reaction is chemical reaction controlled.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)54-62
Number of pages9
StatePublished - Aug 2019


  • Alternative lixiviants
  • Chalcopyrite
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • MSA
  • Methanesulfonic acid

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Metals and Alloys
  • Materials Chemistry
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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