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Characterization of Metals and Alloys by Paul Holloway

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5

Mineral Processing and Metal Reclamation

GUY REMOND and JEAN-LUC CECILE

Contents

5.1    Introduction

5.2    Techniques for Mineral Surface Characterization

5.3    Surface Bonding in Mineral–Fluid Systems

5.4    Complementary Composition Analyses of Rough and Polished Surfaces

5.5    Summary

5.1 Introduction

In order for the materials specialist to improve the upgrading of ores by flotation and other such techniques, a better understanding is needed of the mechanisms governing the interaction of surfaces with reagents such as collectors, depressors, activators, or flocculating agents. Knowledge of the composition and chemical bonding at the interface between the solid and the reagent permits the selection of other compounds and the modification ...

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