Semiconductor electrochemistry of participate pyrite: Mechanisms and products of dissolution

Dawei Wei, K. Osseo-Asare

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Pyrite dissolution in acidic solution was found to occur via both electrochemical oxidation and chemical decomposition. The mechanism of chemical decomposition of pyrite in acidic solution may involve surface complexation of hydrogen ions. The anodic current of pyrite was observed to be of negligible magnitude in acetonitrile solution compared with that in aqueous solution, which indicated that direct reaction of the holes with S22- in the pyrite lattice was not significant and that the dissolution of pyrite required the presence of water. The anodic dissolution products of pyrite in acidic aqueous solution included elemental sulfur which was detected by x-ray diffraction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)546-553
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of the Electrochemical Society
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1997

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Electrochemistry
  • Materials Chemistry


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