“The Characterization of Lead Smelter Dusts by Automated Scanning Electron Microscopy”

1992:33: Vander Wood

Proc. 50th Annual Meeting of the Electron Microscopy Society of America, G.W. Bailey, J. Bentley and J.A. Small, eds., San Francisco Press, 1992, pp.1492-1493


The dust derived from smelting and other mining/metallurgical processes is increasingly viewed as a resource rather than a hazardous waste. 1 In order to determine the most appropriate technologies for resource recovery from these dusts and other hazardous wastes, they must be examined in some detail for particle size, chemistry, phase composition, etc. 2 Automated scanning electron microscopy combined with energy-dispersive x-ray spectrometry (ASEM-EDS) provides a tool for rapidly determining the particle size distribution and chemistry on a representative dust sample so that the most appropriate processing methods can be chosen.

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