The Chemistry of Activation, Deactivation and Depression in the Flotation of Zinc Sulfide: A Review

Finkelstein, N. P. ; Allison, S. A.
Organization: Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration
Pages: 44
Publication Date: Jan 1, 1976
After a brief consideration of the properties of zinc sulfide minerals, their flotation characteristics, and their reactions with thiol collectors, the literature on the activation of the minerals by cupric ion, their deactivation by cyanide, and their depression is reviewed in detail. The distinction between deactivation and depression is stressed. The contradictions in the published results and theories are discussed and attempts are made to resolve them. It is concluded that, whereas all aspects of the subject require further investigation, the study of depression is most likely to yield benefits in practice.
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