TOF-SIMS studies of surface chemistry of minerals subjected to flotation separation – A review

TitleTOF-SIMS studies of surface chemistry of minerals subjected to flotation separation – A review
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsHart B., Chelgani S.
JournalMinerals Engineering
Volume57
Start Page1
Date Published12/2013
Type of ArticleResearch paper
KeywordsFlotation, Grinding, Hydrophobicity, Surface chemistry, TOF-SIMS
Abstract

This paper reviews the applications of time of flight secondary ion mass spectrometry (TOF-SIMS) used for surface chemical analysis of mineral in the context of froth flotation. A wide range of applications are reviewed, including; interactions of reagents on the surface of mineral phases during flotation separation, determining the effects of various transferred ions from different minerals or the slurry, evaluation of hydrophobicity, identifying the relationship between mineral surface chemistry and contact angle, and evaluation of grinding effects. Conclusions indicated that TOF-SIMS, as a unique surface analysis technique, can potentially provide a direct determination of parameters which control the surface reactivity and consequently plays an important role in determining flotation behaviour of minerals.

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