What is Potassium Amyl Xanthate?

Potassium Amyl Xanthate (PAX)  is a mining chemical that is pale yellow. It is soluble in water and has a pungent smell. It is commonly used in the mining industry for the separation of ores via the flotation process method.

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Potassium Amyl Xanthate.


What is Potassium Amyl Xanthate used for?

Potassium Amyl Xanthate have many uses. They are as follows:

  • Potassium Amyl Xanthate is most commonly used as a collector in the bulk and selective froth flotation of sulfide ores. It is used alongside Sodium Isobutyl Xanthate (SIBX).
  • It is a thiol xanthate collector and both are mixed in a standard manner as well as with more selective thiol collectors like Dithiophosphates (DTP) and Dithiocarbamates (DTC) to improve their selectivity.
  • It is used for the efficient extraction of nickel from its ores. Studies have shown that the highest cumulative nickel grades are obtained using PAX and its mixtures.
  • It is used as a collector for metallic ores, as a flotation reagent, and as a surface-active agent.


What is the Chemical Formula of Potassium Amyl Xanthate?

Potassium Amyl Xanthate is a chemical compound. Its chemical formula is represented as CH3(CH2)4OCS2K.


Is Potassium Amyl Xanthate harmful to life?

Potassium Amyl Xanthate is a toxic substance. In cases of overexposure, it can be harmful to life.   


Where is Potassium Amyl Xanthate found, and what does it look like?

It is prepared by reacting n-amyl alcohol with carbon disulfide (CS2) and potassium hydroxide (KOH). It is a pale yellow free-flowing powder that is soluble in water.


What are the hazardous effects of Potassium Amyl Xanthate?

Potassium Amyl Xanthate is a toxic chemical substance. It is a reactive and flammable material. It has different effects on humans based on the mode of contact. The effect when exposed to the nose is dryness of the mucous membrane. It can cause skin irritation and skin burn when exposed to the skin. Ingestion of the chemical can result in burning of the throat and abdominal pain. Exposure to the eye can cause redness and serious eye irritation.


What are the precautionary measures necessary to be taken to handle Potassium Amyl Xanthate?

To avoid irritation of the skin, eyes, and other adverse effects that may occur as a result of handling PAX, the following measures can be taken:

  • Wear protective gloves while handling the chemical.
  • Make use of protective clothing to avoid skin exposure.
  • Make use of eye and face protection.
  • Eating, drinking, or smoking while using the chemical is not advised.
  • Hands must be thoroughly washed after handling the chemical.


What happens if Potassium Amyl Xanthate is heated?

On heating, it forms flammable dust and emits toxic fumes including those of oxides of carbon and carbon disulfide. Heating causes expansion or decomposition of the material which can lead to the explosion of the container holding it.


Is Potassium Amyl Xanthate soluble?

Potassium Amyl Xanthate is soluble in water.


Where can I buy Potassium Amyl Xanthate?

Potassium Amyl Xanthate (PAX) 90% is available for sale at Camachem. It is exported in three packages which are 50kg plastic bags, 120kg iron drums, and 850-900kg wooden cases. Camachem exports different chemicals from China to clients all over the world.

Potassium Amyl Xanthate for sale on Camachem

Potassium Amyl Xanthate.


How much does Potassium Amyl Xanthate cost?

The price of PAX is $1690 per ton at Camachem. However, the price varies depending on the cost of raw materials, logistics, and other related industrial inputs. You can make use of the free quotation option to get a quotation for your desired quantity.

Potassium Amyl Xanthate for sale on Camachem

Potassium Amyl Xanthate.


What is the pH of Potassium Amyl Xanthate?

It is a basic compound. It is relatively stable between a pH of 8 - 13. It has a maximum stability at a pH of 10.


Is Potassium Amyl Xanthate an electrolyte compound?

No, Potassium Amyl Xanthate is not an electrolyte compound.


Can Potassium Amyl Xanthate go down the drain?

Since it is soluble in water, Potassium Amyl Xanthate will go down the drain without any complications. However, as a toxic substance, the chemical should be disposed of according to the local toxic substance disposal authority's regulations.


Is Potassium Amyl Xanthate acidic or basic?

Potassium Amyl Xanthate is a basic compound. It has a pH that is above 7.


What is the difference between Potassium Amyl Xanthate and Sodium Ethyl Xanthate?

While Potassium Amyl Xanthate is basic with a stable pH of 10, Sodium Ethyl Xanthate has a pH that is less than 9.