Special Issue on Nanobubble Flotation

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2020

Guest Editors

Prof. Dr. Dongping Tao

School of Resources and Environmental Engineering,Shandong University of Technology Zibo, Shandong, 255049, China

E-mail: dptao@qq.com; daniel.dtao@gmail.com

Prof. Dr. Lijuan Zhang

Shanghai Synchrotron Radiation Facility, Shanghai Advanced Research Institute, Shanghai 201204, China

E-mail: zhanglijuan@zjlab.org.cn 

Dr. Wei Xiao

School of Resources Engineering, Xi’an University of Architecture and Technology, Xi'an, Shaanxi 710055, China

E-mail: wei.xiao@xauat.edu.cn


Nanobubbles refer to tiny bubbles with sizes less than 1 mm. They have been widely used in mineral processing due to their unique properties such as super high stability, selective formation on hydrophobic surfaces, high concentration in bulk solution, large specific surface area, etc.  Nanobubble flotation can realize the separation of hard-to-separate fine particles and ultrafine particles, improve mineralization rate, significantly improve flotation recovery and concentrate grade, greatly simplify beneficiation process, reduce equipment investment, and reduce maintenance and operation costs. Compared with the traditional flotation technology, which has the defects of low collision probability between fine particles and bubbles, low adhesion probability between coarse particles and bubbles and high detachment probability, the nanobubble flotation process can effectively solve the flotation problem of coarse and fine particles and break the technical bottleneck of difficult tailings recovery. In addition, the application and research of nanobubbles can also be extended to water treatment, hydrogen energy storage, agriculture and aquaculture, targeted drug delivery, medical care and other fields, and is expected to promote the cross development of resources, environment, energy, chemical industry, agriculture, biology, medicine, and other disciplines.

This special issue emphasizes but is not limited to the following topics:

(1) Basic theoretical research on nanobubbles;

(2) Advanced measurement and characterization technology of nanobubbles;

(3) Efficient nanobubble generation method and process;

(4) Nanobubble flotation theory and application;

(5) The interaction between nanobubbles and particles;

(6) Industrial application of nanobubbles in mineral flotation;

(7) Influence of flotation slurry conditions on properties of nanobubbles;

(8) Application of nanobubbles in other related fields.

Manuscript submission information

The online submission site for this journal is located at https://mc03.manuscriptcentral.com/ijom. To ensure that your manuscripts are correctly identified for inclusion into the focus issue, it is important for you to select ‘‘Nanobubble Flotation” when you reach the “Type” step in the submission process.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere. All manuscripts will be thoroughly refereed through a double-blind peer-review process by at least two qualified reviewers. A guide for authors for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English.