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The members of the High Level Group agree that gold-plating practices the following issues identified as the root causes of gold-plating. PDF | Gold plating on spacecraft components is required mainly to provide a stable high electrical conductivity and low infrared emissivity. PDF | A procedure is developed for determining gold(I) and gold(III) analysis of a hexacyanoaurate-tetrachloroaurate solution for gold plating.

If so, then adding a measured amount of a soluble silver salt t o a sample containing only gold, prior to the addition of the sulfuric acid, would bring about the same results. This was found t o be the case. Several experiments showed t h a t a wide latitude in the amount of silver salt was possible without ill effects, but in general the optimum amount of silver nitrate solution t h a t could be added mas just sufficient t o combine with the free cyanide present in the electrogilding solution.

Transfer sample t o a ml. Erlenmeyer flask, dilute with 50 ml. Nom add 50 ml. Discontinue heating the moment the precipitate of gold turns light brown in color and the sulfuric acid is absolutely clear. Decant the supernatant acid and treat the precipitate with 50 ml. Decant this acid, leaving as little as possible in t h e flask. Carefully dilute the remaining acid with ml. Dry and ignite at red heat until the brown sponge turns golden yellow. T o compare the accuracy of this method with t h a t of t h e evaporation method, tests were made on standard samples prepared a s follows: c.

This was diluted with water to about ml. This solution was now carefully transferred to a I-liter volumetric flask and carefully diluted t o the mark with distilled water. This comparison shows that the sulfuric acid method is accurate for routine determinations of gold in cyanide plating solutions. I n actual laboratory practice the author has used this method with great success during the past year, his evaluation analyses closely checking with those of the chemists of submitting firms.

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S EVERAL investigators have reported the value of certain arsonic acids as reagents for the gravimetric determination of zirconium 2, 4, 6 , thorium 4, tin S , and iron 1. The need for a reagent that would give a convenient and satisfactory separation of titanium from the common elements, and particularly from iron, led to a further investigation of this field.

I n the presence of dilute mineral acid it gives a n effective separation of titanium from iron and most other commonly occurring elements in one precipitation. It is also a n excellent reagent for zirconium. I n mineral acid solutions not stronger than 0. After cooling to room temperature filter off the precipitate. Kith a good paper No. Wash the precipitate about five or six times with a wash liquor of dilute 0.

Rhen iron is present 1 or 2 grams of ammonium thiocyanate should also be added to each cc. Finally wmh the precipitate two or three times with a dilute 2 per cent aqueous solution of ammonium nitrate, and then ignite it in a porcelain crucible with propped lid at low temperature until all the carbon is burned off, then at the full heat of a Bunsen or Fisher burner until constant weight is attained, leaving a residue of titanium dioxide.

The ignition must be carried out in an efficient fume hood. An average deviation of 0. The p-hydroxyphenylarsonic acid used in this investigation was supplied by the Mallinckrodt Chemical Works and was suitable for use without further purification.

A 4 er cent aqueous solution was found to be convenient for use. All other reagents were of c. There is no free cyanide.

Electrolytes are based on phosphates, phosphonates, or the salts of various organic acids. Most neutral gold solutions operate in the pH range of about , although it is common to raise pH somewhat so as to minimize immersion deposition, or to reduce it somewhat so as to avoid dissolution of photoresists.

Similarly, quantities of the various components may be maximized to obtain higher overall conductivity for barrel applications, or minimized to obtain greater fluidity for efficient pumping. Deposits from neutral gold solutions are usually required to have excellent solder- ability and wirebondability, both of which are usually associated with softness and high purity.

There are certain classes of brightening agents, referred to as grain refiners, which allow the maintenance of deposit hardnesses below about 90 Knoop 4 Page and purities above Thallium, lead and arsenic are examples of metallic grain refiners, often used in concentrations of about parts per million.

Organic grain refiners include various polyamines and polyfunctional compounds. Thallium in solution concentrations greater than about 10 parts per million has been implicated in embrittling wirebonds. Arsenic at concentrations above about 30 parts per million produces mirror-bright deposits with hardnesses above Knoop from neutral solutions, but valence instability renders arsenic very difficult to control.

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Acid Hard Golds: Acid hard gold systems were the immediate beneficiaries of the realization that alkali gold cyanides such as KAu CN 2 were stable in solutions without free cyanide at pH values as low as about 3. By operating in the pH range of about it was possible to incorporate transition metals such as cobalt, nickel and iron into alloyed gold deposits which were hard Knoop , bright, ductile, and, with suitable fluxing, solderable.

Deposit compositions were The acid hard golds rapidly became the finish of choice for separable electrical connectors. Acid hard gold plating systems have been intensively developed for operation at very high current densities; also for uniform deposit distribution and for compatibility with various types of selective plating apparatus. Most current electrolytes are based on mixtures of weak organic acids and their salts.

Depending on the choice of electrolyte, the metallic brighteners may be added in simple, complexed, or chelated form, together with surfactants, range extenders and depolarizing agents, as needed.

Monovalent Gold Strike Solutions: A strike solution is one in which the ratio of crystallite nucleation to grain growth is enhanced by operating at higher than normal current densities from a solution containing only a small amount of metal.

The danger of dendritic growth, or burning, is minimized by keeping the current efficiency low and the deposition time short.


The result is a fine-grained, thin deposit of highly uniform distribution and excellent adhesion. Strike coatings are often used prior to heavy deposition from a more conventional plating solution.

Because of stability considerations, monovalent gold strike solutions are limited to a minimum pH of about 3. The maximum pH is ordinarily about 4. As with the Acid Hard Golds, electrolytes tend to be based on phosphates, weak organic acids, or mixtures thereof. Brightener systems are sometimes employed to allow heavier deposits, but this is unusual in strike solutions.

As mentioned previously, these species are stable at pH values down to almost zero. This allows the formulation of gold strike solutions capable of activating and adhering to stainless steels. Somewhat similar solutions had been prepared using chloroauric acid itself. In practice, the cyanide-containing solution yields finer-grained deposits and is less subject to immersion deposition. Trivalent gold cyanide solutions have also been used in jewelry plating to deposit very bright, adherent layers up to about 5 microns thickness.

Electrolytes for these processes operate typically over a pH range from about 2. Below pH 2.

Above pH 3, trivalent gold tends to revert to monovalent, particularly if organics are allowed to accumulate in the solution. This condition can be alleviated by destroying the organics with peroxide, but the peroxide then has to be removed completely in order to restore current efficiency. Noncyanide Gold Plating: Gold can be deposited from the chloroaurate. Various other forms, such as the iodide, thiosulfate, thiocyanate and thiomalate have also been proposed, but have not been commercialized.

The preparation of sodium gold sulfite, Na3Au SO3 2, had been reported in , but commercialization of processes based on sulfite began only in the early s. Since that time, sulfite-based processes have come into fairly wide use, particularly for semiconductor applications. More recently, there has been renewed interest in thiosulfate systems as well.

A sulfite gold plating solution consists of the alkali gold sulfite, a conducting electrolyte, and at least some excess of free alkali sulfite.

A rapid method for gold in cyanide plating solutions

The stability constants for sulfite complexes are lower than those for cyanides, and the excess is required to stabilize the gold complex. Sulfites are stable at alkaline pH. Addition of acid to sulfite ion releases hydrogen sulfite ion, and then sulfur dioxide. Since the anode reaction removes hydroxyl ions and thus tends to acidify the solution, it is common to operate sulfite golds at alkaline pH, usually 9.

Brightening agents for sulfite gold systems have included arsenic, antimony, and thallium.

Recently a newer, stabilized series of sulfite golds have made it possible to operate at pH values below neutral. This has made it possible to employ cobalt, nickel, or organic polymers as brightening agents, or to operate without brighteners entirely. Silver Plating Whereas the complex cyanides of gold are stable at pH values low enough to allow the use of electrolytes without free cyanide, the complex cyanide of silver only the monovalent species is formed is unstable below neutrality, hydrolyzing to release insoluble Ag CN.

This imposes a requirement to maintain at least some free cyanide in the system, and sets a minimum operating pH for cyanide silver plating solutions of at 6 Page least 8. Within the general class of cyanide silvers there are numerous variations; optimized, variously, toward anode corrosion, deposit brightness, and plating speed. Cyanide Silver Solutions Typical general purpose cyanide silver plating solutions consist simply of about grams of free alkali cyanide per liter, together with about grams metallic silver per liter, added in the form of the corresponding alkali silver cyanide, or as Ag CN.

At one time the use of sodium cyanide was the norm, but this was largely superseded by potassium cyanide because of the higher solubility of most potassium salts. As a result of hydrolysis, carbonate gradually forms in alkaline cyanide systems, and at concentrations greater than about 90 grams per liter, sometimes less, impedes dissolution of the anode and causes deposit roughness.

Excess carbonate can be frozen out from sodium cyanide-based solutions by chilling the solution to 3oC or so and filtering. This is not possible in potassium-based solutions, which require treatment with calcium cyanide or barium cyanide.


Additionally, some brightener systems, particularly selenium or sulfur- based, are more effective in sodium-based solutions. Free cyanide in a silver bath performs several functions. It solubilizes the silver, functions as the electrolyte, and corrodes the anodes.

As noted previously for gold, cyanide ion is highly surface-active and requires thorough rinsing after plating. Carbonate is sometimes added at makeup to increase conductivity and to allow the free cyanide to be reduced somewhat; but since carbonate forms as the solution is worked, this is often dispensed with. Nitrate and alkali hydroxide have both been used to increase the corrosion rate of the anodes and, in the case of hydroxide, to retard decomposition of the cyanide as well.

In any event, the anode efficiency of cyanide silver processes almost never actually achieves percent, and it is periodically necessary to replenish a portion of the plated silver with alkali silver cyanide or with Ag CN.

Brightening agents for silver include various compounds containing antimony, bismuth, selenium, and sulfur.

Most are proprietary. The sulfur-bearing materials in particular are often complex, being reaction products of various organic compounds with carbon disulfide, sodium thiosulfate or similar reagents.

For this reason, they are often referred to as organic brightening agents, but in almost all cases the active functionality derives from the sulfur.For example a gold-plated silver article is usually a silver substrate with layers of copper, nickel, and gold deposited on top of it. Plating for Gold includes 50 recipes for clearly mind-blowing cakes created with the aid of professional pastry cooks like Ewald Notter, Jacquy Pfeiffer, and Sebastien Cannone, all provided in smooth-to-observe, step-with the aid of-step instructions.

There was thorough instruction on how to make the tuile ornaments, like the abstract wafer on the cover. Gold plating solutions as originally configured contained some excess of free alkali cyanide, which served as a portion of the electrolyte.

This is necessary for two reasons: To improve adherence. Mines , Paper 2 Smith, E.

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