I was recently studying about Metallurgy.

Concise Inorganic Chemistry by J. D. Lee claims the process of froth floatation can also be applied to non-sulfide ores such as Malachite ($\ce{CuCO3.Cu(OH)2}$) and Anglesite ($\ce{PbSO4}$) by using $\ce{Na2S}$ as an activator.

The coatings formed are $\ce{CuS}$ and $\ce{PbS}$ respectively. However, in a previous example, they used $\ce{CuSO4}$ as the activator over a $\ce{ZnS}$ surface and a coating of $\ce{CuS}$ was formed.

Therefore, going by the same co-relation in the case of Malachite and Anglesite, shouldn't the coating be a sodium compound instead?


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