Date of Award
Bachelor of Science in Metallurgical Engineering
Dr. Curtis L. Wilson, Professor of Metallurgy
The detrimental effect of the presence of cobalt upon the current efficiency, in the commercial production of zinc by electrolysis, has been recognized for some time. Most authorities differ upon the maximum amount of cobalt allowable. This is due to the fact that the presence of other impurities either increases or diminishes the detrimental effects of the cobalt.
The following tests were made with the object in view of ascertaining the relation, if any, between the amount of cobalt present and the current efficiency during the electrolysis of an otherwise pure zinc sulfate solution.
The results obtained from these observations indicate that there is little apparent relation between the cobalt concentration of a given solution of zinc sulfate and the current efficiency that may be obtained on the electrolysis of that solution. For certain cobalt concentrations, however, it was noted that the time factor played an important part.
Newton, Joseph and Nuckols, Louis Sanders, "The Effect of Cobalt Upon Current Efficiency in the Electrolysis of Zinc Sulphate Solutions" (1930). Bachelors Theses and Reports, 1928 - 1970. 9.