The present work proposes the recovery of rhodium from rhodium-containing waste rinsing water through cementation with metallic zinc powder. The effects of zinc content, reaction temperature, reaction time and shaking on rhodium recovery are investigated in detail. In addition, the cementation kinetics of rhodium is studied, and its activation energy was found to be 30 kJ/mol. After a detailed observation of the dissolution behavior of the zinc powder during the cementation process, it is demonstrated that most of the zinc is preferentially consumed by free acid, a finding corroborated by pH measurements. The proposed process is simple, straightforward and economically feasible. (C) 2010 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.