Surface chemistry of novel collectors and their application to froth flotation of rare earth minerals
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Rare earth elements have been receiving a considerable amount of attention over the last few decades because of their increasing demand and limited supply in today’s industry. Gaining independence from China’s monopoly of rare earths is an incentive to produce a viable method for rare earth production. Bastnaesite, a rare earth fluorocarbonate, is one of the most abundant minerals that contain rare earth elements comprised of cerium, lanthanum, praseodymium, and other light rare earth elements. The focus of this research was to find a novel collector that increases desired concentrate grade and ...