Enhancing zircon (ZrSiO4) dissolution by ambient temperature processing

N. J. Welham*

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    The dissolution of the naturally occurring mineral zircon (ZrSiO4) is examined after ball milling it with magnesium oxide for up to 100 hours in a laboratory mill. There was little effect on the solubility for the initial two hours where size reduction of the zircon was considered to be the dominant effect. Beyond two hours the dissolution increased as a function of the square root of milling time. X-ray diffraction of the powders did not reveal the identity of the soluble phase. However, a nanocrystalline phase was present after milling and this is thought to be the soluble phase.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1-3
    Number of pages3
    JournalAusIMM Proceedings
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - Dec 2001


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