Evaluation of Biodegradability of Amine Collectors
Amine collectors are widely used as oxidized ore collectors.Based on OECD 301B testing method, the biodegradability of amine collectors were analyzed and evaluated, and the values of IB of lauryl amine, octadecylamine, laurtrimonium chloride, lauryl trimethyl ammonium bromide, decane-propyl ether amine and dodecyl propyl ether amine were 173.4, 162.2, 164.6, 171.2, 160.8 and 149.4, respectively. The biodegradation of six test substances all exceeded 10% in 10 days, and all up to over 50% within 28 days. Considering comprehensively the two evaluation standards, the six amine collectors are all biodegradable. Evaluation of the biodegradability of amine collectors provides information that the chemical structure influences the biodegradability of amine collectors. It seems that the existence of ester group decreases the biodegradability of ether amine, and the shorter the carbon chain, the greater the biodegradation occurred.
Zhenyu Du and X.B Sun
H. Z. Yan et al., "Evaluation of Biodegradability of Amine Collectors", Advanced Materials Research, Vols. 113-116, pp. 267-271, 2010