Zincite crystals can be grown artificially and synthetic zincite crystals are available as a by-product of zinc smelting. Synthetic crystals can be colorless or range in color from dark red, orange, yellow to light green.
Both natural and synthetic zincite crystals are significant for their early use as semiconductor crystal detectors in the early development of crystal radios before the advent of vacuum tubes. As an early radio detector it was used in a junction with another mineral, chalcopyrite, and the combination was known as the Perikon detector.
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Jan 28, 2011; Fresh data on Environmental Science and Technology are presented in the report 'Time-dependent changes of zinc speciation in four...