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Zinc sulfate is chiefly used in fertilizer applications. It is especially applied on crops such as pecan, deciduous fruits, peanuts, cotton, corn, and citrus. Zinc sulfate is the most common dry fertilizer. Zinc sulfate's high solubility in aqueous systems makes it a favored substance for delivering zinc values in agriculture applications.
Zinc sulfate solution may be used in the production of zineb (zinc ethylene bisdithiocarbamate). Zineb, and agricultural fungicide, is commonly employed to protect crops such as apples, pears, cabbage, broccoli and ornamentals as well as citrus, stone-fruit, cotton and wheat.
Another major use for zinc sulfate is the manufacture of viscose rayon fiber. Zinc sulfate is one of the ingredients in the spinning bath along with sodium sulfate and sulfuric acid. A thin stream of viscose solution is injected into the spinning bath where it coagulates forming the fiber. The zinc sulfate promotes coagulation and crenullation of the fiber. Rayon of high strength is produced which is especially well suited for tires, rubber hoses, belting and other reinforcing applications. Zinc sulfate is used as a catalyst in numerous chemical operations and in the production of butyl rubber.
In water treatment, zinc sulfate finds application as a corrosion inhibitor in cooling towers and secondary oil recovery.
Zinc sulfate also finds use in production of pigments, preservation and clarification of glue, in flame-proofing compounds, as a mining flotation agent, wood preservative and in electrometallurgy and electrogalvanizing.
Anhydrous zinc sulfide is used in X-ray screens and with a trace of a radium or mesothorium salt in luminous dials of watches, etc.; also in television screens.
in making lithopone; in coagulation baths for rayon; in electrolyte for zinc plating; as a mordant in dyeing, with hypochlorite for bleaching paper; as a preservative for skins and leather
Zinc is used as a coating on iron and steel to protect against corrosion.
Use in zinc-carbon batteries. Zinc can store six times as much energy per pound as other battery systems.
Pigment for paints, oilcloths, linoleum, leather, preserving wood and skins.
Zinc sulfate is the active ingredient in some moss killers.