The Rhenium Determination in Copper and Molybdenum Ores and Concentrates by ICP Atomic Emission Spectrometry
Olga Evdokimova, Polina Zaitceva, Nadezhda Pechishcheva, Alexandr Pupyshev and Konstantin Shunyaev
Affiliation: Institute of Metallurgy, Ural Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, 101 Amundsena st., Yekaterinburg, 620016 Russia.
The ICP-AES technique was developed for rhenium determination in the range of 0.00002 - 0.05 % in copper
and molybdenum ores along with their concentrates. The sample pretreatment method by sintering with magnesium oxide
and oxidizing agents was offered for analysis; optimum conditions for samples digestion were established. These conditions
enabled to pass rhenium into solution with no losses. Matrix influence on rhenium emission spectral lines was studied
and methods were investigated to eliminate matrix effects. The analysis results of rhenium-containing ores and concentrates
certificated reference materials and mixtures on their basis, obtained by the developed procedure, agreed well
with the certified rhenium content values.
Keywords: Rhenium, inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectral analysis, internal standard, sintering, copper and
molybdenum concentrates and ores.
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