Jakovljević Miodrag D.

The application of atomic absorption spectrophotometry (AAS) for determining the content of heavy metals in phosphogypsum

Faculty of Agriculture, Belgrade-Zemun (1,2,3)
Faculty of Technology, Zvornik, Republic of Srpska (4)


Phosphogypsum is formed as a by-product in the process of 'green' phosphoric acid production. This is done in the so called 'wet process' by the action of sulphuric acid on raw phosphate at low temperature (<100 °C). Despite the same molecular formula and marked similarity with natural gypsum, phosphogypsum contains more than 50 impurities, and this is directly connected with the type of phosphate used in the production cycle.

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