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  • An element with an atomic number of 30
  • Low melting temp metal (420C) which can be used for a stovetop foundry. See Stovetop Metal Casting.
  • It is very useful, especially for Cathodic Protection either as a sacrificial anode, or via Galvanization
  • Some batteries use zinc
  • Used in some alloys


Commercial Methods of Production

Sulphate Source

  • Use Froth Floatation to seperate the zinc sulphates out
  • Then once isolated they are smelted producing sulphur dioxide and pure (ish) zinc
  • This supposedly produces quite a bit of nast stuff such ascadmium, copper, arsenic, antimony, cobalt, germanium, nickel, and thallium in the leach product. SO if done small scale WASTE MANAGMENT WILL BE A BIG ISSUE WITH THIS METHOD , unless puro zinc sulfide is used in which case a good water Wet Scrubber is all that is need, and the system would co-produce Sulphric Acid

Zinc Oxide Source


Non-Zinc Oxide Sources

  • Dripping a zince droplet from inside a penny - easy experiment with a torch and pennies. Dropping is nice and pure zinc. [4]
  • Not cost effective.
  • It is cost effective to use a small furnace with a steel mesh, so zinc drips out the bottom, and copper shells stay on top. - [5]
  • Casting zinc rings - nice and clean just using pennies on a spoon + mold - [6]
  • Melting zinc, with mini foundry - [7]
  • Melting pennies on a stove is messy - [8]

Zinc Oxide Sources

  • The simpler method, althoug availability may be more of an issue
  • Smelting

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