Electrolytic scrap gold plate recovery

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Electrolytic scrap gold plate recovery
Gold can be found in electronics as well as jewellery. (gold image by Marek Kosmal from Fotolia.com)

Gold is a an essential component in many kinds of electronics. While it is not found in great quantities, the ease of recovery makes gold recycling attractive. Electrolysis is one method of recovering gold.


Electrolysis is a process in which energy drives a chemical reaction that is normally nonspontaneious, or a chemical reaction that will not happen on its own. In industry, it is often used to break down and purify metals and compounds that are normally stable and nonreactive.

Scrap Gold

There are many items that are gold-plated, including jewellery and some types of electronic devices, although the amount of gold that is present and the purity varies. Some industries also produce gold scraps.

Electrolysis with Gold

Electrolysis is often used with a cyanide solution to obtain pure samples of gold and is considered an efficient method of recovery of gold from scrap. However, the use of cyanide has environmental concerns.

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