Is butyl xanthate poisonous

- Sep 08, 2020-

Is butyl xanthate poisonous


Butyl xanthate is a kind of flotation reagent with strong collection ability, which is widely used in the mixed flotation of various non-ferrous metal sulfide ores. It is especially suitable for flotation of chalcopyrite, sphalerite and pyrite. When it comes to butyl xanthate, we all want to know whether it is toxic or not? Let's find out the answer to this question.


The chemical composition of butyl xanthate is alkyl dithiocarbonate. The molecular formula is rocsme, where R is CnH2n + 1 hydrocarbon group, and me is metal sodium or potassium. It is a solid yellow powder at room temperature. It is toxic but not highly toxic. It is soluble in water and has pungent odor. It is mainly used as flotation collector for nonferrous metal or rare metal ore. Xanthate is a common collector for flotation of sulfide minerals (galena, chalcopyrite, sphalerite, pyrite, etc.). The collecting power of xanthate increases with the increase of the number of alkyl carbon atoms in xanthate molecule, while its solubility decreases slowly. It can collect all heavy metal sulfide ores. For non sulfide minerals (oxide, carbonate, sulfate, silicate, etc.), it is necessary to use advanced butyl xanthate to achieve good collection effect.


Butyl xanthate is combustible, easy to ignite and burn. Fire fighting tools and fire extinguishers (such as sand, water and foam extinguishers) should be installed near and near the xanthate workshop.


The above is the introduction of whether butyl xanthate is toxic. I hope it can help you to use butyl xanthate.