Annually, NiO/Al2O3 waste catalyst generated by Hydrogen Plant unit Pertamina at UP VI Balongan in the amount of 100 tonnes with Ni content of about 10-25%. Based on the number and dangerous waste nickel catalyst, it is necessary to do a recovery nickel process from that waste with leaching process using ammonia-ammonium carbonate. Ammonia-ammonium carbonate chosen because it has no corrosive properties and environmentally friendly. The purpose of this study is to obtain the optimum leaching conditions. The tested parameters for leaching processes are leaching agent concentration, temperature and processing time, and for liquid-liquid extraction process are the extractant concentration and pH. Each variation process was performed sequentially with AAS testing. EDX test was done to prove the existence of nickel content in the waste catalyst NiO/Al2O3, the results show that nickel at the level of energy 7.477 and 0.851 keV. AAS analysis results for the initial concentration of nickel metal in the catalyst was 15.62% -wt. From the leaching results was known that the higher temperature and processing time, the recovery of nickel will be higher. The results showed that the optimum conditions leaching process was at a concentration of 2 M ammonium carbonate, with temperature was 60C for 5 hours, and the ratio S/L was 20 g/L, resulting leaching percentage of 29.31% for open vessel system.
|Journal||Media Pendidikan Eksakta|
|Publication status||Published - 2016|