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dc.contributor.advisorAlam, Shafiq
dc.creatorAbufara, Abdullah
dc.date.accessioned2021-04-29T15:49:12Z
dc.date.available2021-04-29T15:49:12Z
dc.date.created2021-04
dc.date.issued2021-04-29
dc.date.submittedApril 2021
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10388/13365
dc.description.abstractThis research investigates the feasibility of integrating bio-adsorbents into the gold cyanidation process. Since bio-adsorbents favor gold(III) chloride relative to gold(I) cyanide, this research will study the possibility of substituting cyanide ligands in gold(I) cyanide complex with chloride. For the purpose of this study, several quantum mechanical calculations on AuCl2-, AuCN2-, AuCN2Cl2-, AuCl4- and AuCN4- complexes are performed to investigate their stabilities and bonding nature. The study shows that Au-C bond in gold(I) and gold(III) complexes are stronger than Au-Cl bonds. Geometry optimization, frequency and thermodynamic calculations as well as natural bonding orbital (NBO) and local energy decomposition (LED) analyses have all reached a similar conclusion. It is shown that the stability of Au-C bond is attributed to better orbital overlap between gold and carbon orbitals. Moreover, the occurrence of pi back-bonding in Au-C bond also contributes to its strength.
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dc.subjectGold cyanidation
dc.subjectDensity functional theory
dc.subjectBiosorption
dc.subjectNBO analysis
dc.subjectLED analysis
dc.titleIntegration of Biosorption in Gold Cyanidation: A Study Using Density Functional Theory
dc.typeThesis
dc.date.updated2021-04-29T15:49:12Z
thesis.degree.departmentChemical and Biological Engineering
thesis.degree.disciplineChemical Engineering
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Saskatchewan
thesis.degree.levelMasters
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Science (M.Sc.)
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dc.contributor.committeeMemberBaik, Oon-Doo
dc.contributor.committeeMemberCree, Duncan
dc.contributor.committeeMemberBowles, Richard


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