The kinetics of diethyl dithiophosphate adsorption on chalcopyrite and tennantite has been studied by UV-visible spectroscopy at pH values of 4, 6, and 9. The concentration of diethyl dithiophosphate in the solution has been monitored as a function of time and pH for both minerals. It was found that the adsorption tendency of diethyl dithiophosphate on both minerals decreased with the increasing pH treatments. This is due to the existence of metal hydroxide species onto the mineral surface in more alkaline condition inhibiting the adsorption of diethyl dithiophosphate species. In comparison to that of chalcopyrite, tennantite possessed slightly higher adsorption of diethyl dithiophosphate in acid condition, while vice versa correlation observed at other pH treatments at where the coverage of metal hydroxide species obtained higher than that of chalcopyrite showing that the rate oxidation of tennantite is higher. An adsorption mechanism has been proposed and tested against the experimental kinetic data. Both the kinetic data and flotation studies are consistent with the proposed mechanism.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology