Adsorption mechanism of mixed cationic/anionic collectors in feldspar-quartz flotation system

Vidyadhar, A and Rao, K Hanumantha (2007) Adsorption mechanism of mixed cationic/anionic collectors in feldspar-quartz flotation system. Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, 306 (2). pp. 195-204.

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The adsorption mechanism of mixed cationic alkyl diamine and anionic sulfonate/oleate collectors at acidic pH values was investigated on microcline and quartz minerals through Hallimond flotation, electrokinetic and diffuse reflectance FTIR studies. In the presence of anionic collectors, neither of the minerals responded to flotation but the diamine flotation of the minerals was observed to be pH and concentration dependent. The presence of sulfonate enhanced the diamine flotation of the minerals by its co-adsorption. The difference in surface charge between the minerals at pH 2 was found to be the basis for preferential feldspar flotation from quartz in mixed diamine/sulfonate collectors. The infrared spectra revealed no adsorption of sulfonate collector when used alone but displayed its co-adsorption as diamine–sulfonate complex when used with diamine. The presence of sulfonate increased the diamine adsorption due to a decrease in the electrostatic head–head repulsion between the adjacent surface ammonium ions and thereby increasing the lateral tail–tail hydrophobic bonds. The mole ratio of diamine/sulfonate was found to be an important factor in the orientation of alkyl chains and thus the flotation response of minerals. The increase in sulfonate concentration beyond diamine concentration leads to the formation of soluble 1:2 diamine–sulfonate complex or precipitate and the adsorption of these species decreased the flotation since the alkyl chains are in chaotical orientation with a conceivable number of head groups directing towards the solution phase.

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Uncontrolled Keywords:Microcline; Quartz; Adsorption; Flotation; Zeta-potential; FTIR
Divisions:Mineral Processing
ID Code:620
Deposited By:Sahu A K
Deposited On:02 Jun 2010 11:11
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