Since coal is not a homogeneous substance but a mixture of carbonaceous materials and mineral matter, it has a variety of surface properties. Therefore. it is not easy to control the properties of coal suspensions by simply adjusting variables, such as pH and/or electrolyte. A chemical agent needs to be added to control the properties of the coal suspensions. The aim of this investigation is to determine the adsorption behavior of an anionic dispersant in the presence of a wetting agent using some Turkish lignite samples. The presence of a wetting agent in the dispersant adsorption behavior is important, since usage of a wetting agent in the preparation of coal-water slurries which are acceptable for potential industrial users is of great importance. The effects of dispersant concentration, temperature and pH on the dispersant adsorption were studied systematically, and the experimental results are presented. Pellupur B69 as a dispersant, commercial mixture of formaldehyde condensate sodium salt of naphthalene sulphonic acid, and Texapon N25 as a wetting agent. a sodium lauryl ether sulfate, have been used. (C) 2001 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.