A review of copper–arsenic mineral removal from copper concentrates
DOI: 10.1016/j.mineng.2012.03.032
Title: A review of copper–arsenic mineral removal from copper concentrates
Journal Title: Minerals Engineering
Publication Date: October 2012
Start Page: 179
End Page: 186
Published online: online 8 May 2012
ISSN: 0892-6875

  • a MMG Rosebery, Hospital Road, Rosebery, TAS 7470, Australia

  • b School of Chemical Engineering, University of Queensland, St. Lucia, Brisbane, QLD 4072, Australia

  • c Julius Kruttschnitt Mineral Research Centre, University of Queensland, Isles Road, Indooroopilly, Brisbane, QLD 4068, Australia
  • Abstract: is a toxic and volatile element that has little commercial use. This is causing some concern to copper smelters as they are obliged to dispose of arsenic materials produced as a by-product to the smelting process in accordance with ever tightening environmental guidelines. The onus is to move back to concentrate producers to remove toxic elements, such as arsenic, earlier in the concentrate supply chain.The common copper–arsenic bearing minerals in copper ores, enargite (Cu3AsS4) and tennantite (Cu12As4S13), contain significant amounts of copper; 48.4% and 51.6% respectively. Removal of these minerals from the concentrate removes valuable metal, hence income. There is a dearth of literature concerning the selective removal of enargite and tennantite from sulphide ores, but there are reports on some success using either chemical oxidation or potential control. These methodologies have been applied to ores from mines as they deepen where arsenic levels in concentrate are becoming prohibitive. In this paper copper–arsenic mineral removal from copper concentrates is reviewed.
    Keywords: Froth flotation; Arsenic minerals; Copper concentrate; Sulphide ores
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