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The effect of constituent metal ions on the electrokinetics of chalcopyrite

Das, KK and Pradip, * and Natarajan, KA (1997) The effect of constituent metal ions on the electrokinetics of chalcopyrite. In: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, 196 (1). pp. 1-11.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1006/jcis.1997.5174


Chalcopyrite in contact with water is thermodynamically unstable in the presence of oxygen. Oxidation of chalcopyrite may take place due to various factors, e.g., geological environment, mining/comminution, and storage. In this work oxidation of chalcopyrite has been investigated through interfacial electrokinetics. The characteristics of samples obtained from different geological locations as well as the effects of ageing and laboratory oxidation have been delineated. Variation of the solid-liquid ratio was found to have a significant effect on the zeta-potential characteristics of chalcopyrite. The role of constituent metal ions, namely copper and iron, has been studied in the absence and presence of externally added metal ions. The results indicated that the ratio of Cu/Fe on the surface of oxidized chalcopyrite determines the Stern layer potential and under appropriate solution chemistry conditions influences charge reversals. The mineral surfaces, thus, could be either copper-rich or iron-rich as reflected by a shift in pH(iep),,(s). The observed charge reversals have been explained on the basis of a model proposed by James and Healy. (C) 1997 Academic Press.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
Publisher: Elsevier Science
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to Elsevier Science.
Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Materials Engineering (formerly Metallurgy)
Date Deposited: 22 Jun 2011 07:06
Last Modified: 22 Jun 2011 07:06
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/38534

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