It is most commonly used in mobile phone and electric vehicle batteries, but when sourced from spodumene, it can also be used in ceramics as a fluxing agent. Whether used in batteries or ceramics, a high lithium concentrate grade is essential.
Although lithium can be extracted from brine lakes, this process is geographically limited to a select few regions, is heavily dependent on climate, and is a slower process that often yields lower-grade lithium concentrates and uncertain recovery rates. On the other hand, hard rock lithium mineral processing using froth flotation can be used to extract lithium from more widely distributed lithium ore deposits worldwide, independent of weather conditions, and typically yields higher grade lithium concentrates with better recovery rates.
Arkema custom-develops mining chemicals such as collectors and frothers based on your specific lithium ore characteristics to be used in hard rock lithium mineral processing. Our lithium flotation reagents are specially formulated to selectively float either the lithium-containing mineral or undesired gangue minerals to deliver the lithium concentrate grade you need. Our dispersants, rheology modifiers, and flocculants are designed to achieve the rheological properties of lithium you desire.
Arkema metallurgical experts will work closely with you to analyze your specific lithium ore, custom-formulate flotation reagents to maximize your lithium mineral grade and recovery, and provide ongoing process consultation to optimize your lithium flotation process as ore and operating conditions change over time.