Improved flotation of auriferous arsenopyrite by using a novel mixed collector in weakly alkaline pulp
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Bo Hui 1
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Wu Yan 1
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Chinese Academy of Geological Sciences
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Southwest University of Science and Technology
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Central South University
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Zhen Wang   

Southwest University of Science and Technology
Publication date: 2020-09-26
 
Physicochem. Probl. Miner. Process. 2020;56(5):996–1004
 
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The purpose of using a mixed collector is to increase both flotation efficiency and selectivity. The mixed collector of potassium isopentyldithiocarbonate and N-dodecyl mercaptan exhibits high efficiency for the flotation of auriferous arsenopyrite, and the 2:1 mixing mass ratio of potassium isopentyldithiocarbonate and N-dodecyl mercaptan is preferred. Batch flotation tests indicate that a concentrate with the grade of 47.58 g/Mg Au and the recovery of 86.45% Au is achieved by using the mixed potassium isopentyldithiocarbonate/N-dodecyl mercaptan in weakly alkaline pulp. The collector mixture potassium isopentyldithiocarbonate + N-dodecyl mercaptan has greater adsorption density on the arsenopyrite surface than other conventional mixed collectors. The mixed potassium isopentyldithiocarbonate/N-dodecyl mercaptan can adsorb onto the arsenopyrite surface by intense chemisorptions, and the Sulfur-Iron chemical complexation is considered as the main adsorption mode. This is the reason why mixed potassium isopentyldithiocarbonate and N-dodecyl mercaptan collector can improve the flotation efficiency of auriferous sulfides.
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