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The hydrophobic force for bubble-particle attachment in flotation - a brief review

Abstract

A deep understanding of the bubble-particle attachment is critical to flotation science and engineering. Historically, the so called “hydrophobic force” has been widely accepted to be the reason for bubble-particle attachment although its origin is still under debate now. In this paper, a number of representative mechanisms for the origin of hydrophobic attractions are reviewed, with the main focus being on solid-solid systems. Then we highlight the recent advances in the hydrophobic force measurement between bubble and particle. Quantitative description of the hydrophobic force in bubble-particle system has been achieved recently. This review is closed with a brief conclusion and perspective discussion.

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The article was received on 08 Jun 2017, accepted on 10 Aug 2017 and first published on 10 Aug 2017


Article type: Perspective
DOI: 10.1039/C7CP03856A
Citation: Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2017, Accepted Manuscript
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    The hydrophobic force for bubble-particle attachment in flotation - a brief review

    Y. Xing, X. Gui and Y. Cao, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2017, Accepted Manuscript , DOI: 10.1039/C7CP03856A

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