Is there a material that I can lightly plate copper onto and wash it off?
I am wanting to get copper out of a copper sulfate solution. I know I can electroplate.
Is there a conductor that I can "plate" and then just wash the copper off so I can have it pure?
- Trevor HLv 71 year agoFavourite answer
If your sole intention is to recover pure copper from a solution of copper sulphate - there is no need to go to the complexity of electrolysis.
Place an iron nail into the CuSO4 solution. - That is a pure iron nail - not a nail that is galvanised or coated with tin etc,
In a few minutes pure copper will be deposited on the nail and bottom of the container . Filter the copper out of the solution . You have recovered pure copper. Easy.
- JohnLv 71 year ago
You could paint just about anything with electroconductive paint and then burn away the substrate. Seems easier to just buy it. Copper wire is 99.9%, generally.
- billrussell42Lv 71 year ago
I don't think so.
Start with a thin wire of high purity copper and plate onto that.