• Sujay Kumar Dutta
  • Dharmesh R. Lodhari
Part of the Topics in Mining, Metallurgy and Materials Engineering book series (TMMME)


Zinc (Zn) has been known from ancient times as an alloy with copper. It was used in India and China in the 5th century. The first real knowledge of smelting comes from India and China, the latter producing zinc on a moderate scale in the early 1700s, a sample of Chinese zinc dated 1745 having been found to contain 98.9% zinc. Production of zinc started in Great Britain in 1740 by the process of distillation.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Faculty of Technology and EngineeringThe Maharaja Sayajirao University of BarodaVadodaraIndia

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