Advanced Flotation Techniques

Advanced Flotation Techniques

Areas of Study: Mineral Processing

Qualifies for CMS

Short Course Short Course
  • Audience Level: Professional | Technical Tool Tip
  • Dates: Unscheduled Tool Tip
  • Early Bird: Tool Tip
  • Enrollment: Included Tool Tip
  • Registration Fee: Tool Tip
  • Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada Tool Tip
  • Duration: 2 days
  • CEUs: 1.6 (16 PDHs) Tool Tip

Course Summary


The course is divided into two broad sections:

  • the science (surface chemistry) of flotation, and
  • flotation technology and practice.

The course content is structured to provide a review of the current state of the fundamentals and technology of froth flotation. A significant part of the course will be devoted to examples of most common flotation separations of sulfide minerals, coal, oxide minerals, and industrial minerals such as potash and phosphates. The selected process examples will cover a wide range of physicochemical conditions under which the froth flotation process is employed around the world.

People interested in this course may also want to register for Advanced Crushing and Grinding Techniques, scheduled to run in the same week.

Pre-Course e-Learning

Prior to the course, registered delegates have access to online e-learning material consisting of two introductory courses, titled Practical Mineral Processing and Flotation 1 - Fundamentals.

Certificate in Mining Studies

This course qualifies for two days of short course credit for the Certificate in Mining Studies (CMS), a continuing education program of accredited short courses, webcasts and online courses for lifelong learning in mining, supported by University of British Columbia, University of Arizona and University of Concepción. more details »

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

Registered participants who attend the entire short course and complete an evaluation at the end of the course will receive a Certificate of Attendance, confirming the Professional Development Hours (PDH)/Continuing Education Units (CEU) earned. Please confirm with your employer and/or professional association that this course qualifies for CPD.

Who Should Attend?

The course is aimed at plant managers, operation managers, technical managers, metallurgists, engineers and researchers, engineering geologists, processing managers, and materials managers. It can also benefit service providers, suppliers to the mining industry, and technologists. The course is also of value to students as well as research and academic personnel of universities.

Dr. Marek Pawlik

Dr. Marek Pawlik obtained his BSc in Chemistry with specializations in environmental chemistry, radiochemistry, and colloid chemistry from Maria Curie-Sklodowska University in Lublin, Poland, in 1994. He obtained his PhD degree in 2002 in Mineral Processing Engineering from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. In 2002, he was appointed as an assistant professor in Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering at the University of British Columbia. Presently, Dr. Pawlik is an associate professor and Associate Head of Research in the Institute. He teaches two core undergraduate courses on mineral processing: Froth Flotation and Coal Preparation, and a technical elective on Processing of Oil Sands. He has also given several short courses to the industry on various aspects of froth flotation and coal processing.

Dr. Pawlik's research interests cover the following subjects: the surface chemistry of minerals and coal, froth flotation and fine particle processing, process water chemistry, chemistry and structure-performance characteristics of industrial reagents (polymers, surfactants, etc.), rheology of mineral suspensions, dispersion and aggregation phenomena in fine particle systems, flocculation and dewatering, and adsorption of polymers and surfactants. He also regularly provides consulting services in these areas. Dr. Pawlik has published 30 refereed journal articles and another 30 non-refereed international conference presentations and conference papers.

Provisional Schedule

Instruction will take place from 9:00AM to 5:00PM each day, with a lunch break from 12:00PM to 1:00PM and coffee breaks in mid-morning and mid-afternoon.

The last 20-30 minutes of the day will be devoted to a discussion and questions that may arise during the lecture.

The course includes the following topics:

Day 1:

Separation Methods in Mineral Processing

  • separation of solids by physicochemical methods
  • effect of particle size on separation
  • agglomerate, floc, and carrier flotation

Solid Surface Properties

  • hydrophobicity and hydrophilicity
  • electrical charge at the solid/solution interface
  • solubility of minerals
  • classification of minerals with regard to their flotation properties

Flotation Reagents

  • classification of flotation reagents:
  • collectors
  • frothers
  • modifiers (activators, depressants, dispersants, pH regulators)

Flotation Collectors

  • anionic (fatty acids, xanthates)
  • cationic (amines)
  • water-insoluble oils
  • solution chemistry and adsorption characteristics
Day 2:

Flotation Kinetics

  • flotation rate
  • flotation rate constant
  • flotation as a first order particle transfer process
  • modeling of flotation using kinetic equations
  • release analysis
  • dell (release) curve
  • mass balance calculations

Flotation Technology and Practice

  • flotation cells
  • column flotation (wash water)
  • flotation as a continuous process (rougher, scavenger and cleaner operations)
  • differential and bulk flotation

Review of Selected Flotation Separations and Circuits

  • flotation of sulfide ores (Cu, Mo, Zn, Pb, Ni, Fe)
  • flotation of inherently hydrophobic minerals
  • coal flotation (including desulfurization of coal by flotation)
  • flotation of oxide minerals (hematite, quartz)
  • flotation of water-insoluble salt-type minerals (apatite, calcite, fluorite, barite)
  • flotation of water-soluble salt-type minerals (potash)

How to Register

Complete and return the registration form by fax: 604 681 4166 or email: [email protected].

If you have any questions you can contact Edumine by phone at +1 604 683 2037 or send an email to [email protected].


The fee covers the lecture, access to Pre-Course e-Learning, a certificate of attendance, and catered breakfasts and lunches including light refreshments. The fee does not cover accommodation.

Early Bird: there is a 10% discount if you register and submit payment at least 30 days before the course start date.


The course will be held at InfoMine Inc, Vancouver, Canada, Suite 640 - 580 Hornby Street, Vancouver, BC. Detailed arrival instructions, including a map, will be sent to all participants 10-14 days prior to the commencement of the course.

Hotel Accommodation

If you need to make hotel reservations, we recommend the following hotels. Each hotel is within 5-10min walking distance to the course venue and provides convenient access to transportation and 'Canada Line' rapid transit to/from Vancouver International Airport.

When making reservations make sure to ask for the "InfoMine corporate rate".

  • Executive Hotel Le Soleil, named by Resorts & Great Hotels Magazine as "One of the Top 100 Hotels in the World," has been recipient of the American Automobile Association's (AAA) 4-Diamond rating since its opening. Executive Hotel Le Soleil differentiates itself with a unique mixture of stylish sophistication and old world elegance. Featuring 119 luxury boutique lodging accommodations, it is conveniently located across the street from the InfoMine/Edumine offices. Experience Copper Chimney restaurant's award winning chefs and enter into an exotic world of Indian fusion food.
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  • Metropolitan Hotel Vancouver: make yourself at home in one of the Metropolitan Hotel's 197 elegantly appointed guestrooms and suites. Enjoy the Metropolitan's 24-hour Business Center; fully-equipped Health Club with indoor pool, whirlpool, sauna, and squash court; and the Diva at the Met restaurant, a AAA 4-Diamond rated restaurant featuring Vancouver's finest cuisine, celebrated Chef's table, and distinguished wine cellar. The Metropolitan has received a "4 Green Keys" rating through the Green Key Eco-Rating Program.
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  • Days Inn Downtown Vancouver Hotel: experience the modern comforts of the historic full-service business hotel located in the core of downtown Vancouver. Their West Coast hospitality will ensure your stay is as comfortable as possible. Discover true value at the Days Inn Downtown Vancouver Hotel as they provide FREE Wireless Internet, Bottled Water / Tea & Small Business Center. InfoMine’s corporate rate includes $10.00 breakfast voucher, best available room at check-in, Day Pass to Health and Fitness Centre around the corner.
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  • The Delta Vancouver Suites is a 225 all-suite property designed with business travel in mind. Centrally located in the Heritage District of downtown Vancouver, the hotel is just one block from Waterfront Station, the main hub of the Canada Line providing convenient and economical transportation to/from the Vancouver International Airport. The hotel is in close proximity to many corporate offices, the Vancouver Convention Centre and government offices making business connections easy. Attractions such as Rogers Arena and BC Place Stadium and neighborhoods including Gastown, home to many of the best restaurants Vancouver has to offer are all a short walk away. The Delta Vancouver Suites' website is:

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Terms and Conditions

By submitting a short course registration form, you agree to pay the associated fees in full before the course start date.


Notice of cancellation must be given in writing by letter, fax or email and action will be taken to recover, from the delegates or their employers, that portion of the fee owing at the time of cancellation.

A 10% administration fee will be levied for cancellations made 4 or more weeks prior to the first day of the course. Thereafter, the following cancellation refund schedule will apply.

  • Cancellation made more than 3 weeks prior to the first day of the short course: 70% of the registration fee is reimbursed.
  • Cancellation made more than 2 weeks prior to the first day of the short course: 50% of the registration fee is reimbursed.
  • Cancellation made less than 2 weeks prior to the first day of the short course: no reimbursement of registration fees.

Edumine reserves the right to cancel an advertised course on short notice. It will endeavour to provide participants with as much notice as possible, but will not accept liability for costs incurred by participants or their organisations as a result of the course being cancelled or postponed. If a course is cancelled, fees will be refunded in full. Edumine also reserves the right to postpone or make such alterations to the content of a course as may be necessary.