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Nanoparticle with Metal Organic Framework for Lithium Recovery from Brine

Funding: 2020: $141,807
2021: $142,372
2022: $142,372

Project Member(s): Danasamy, G.

Funding or Partner Organisation: Australian Research Council (ARC DECRA Scheme)
Australian Research Council (ARC DECRA Scheme)

Start year: 2020

Summary: The project aims to develop technology enabling lithium to be cost-effectively extracted from brine. Today Australia meets the increasing demand for lithium by mining hardrock lithium, an environmentally damaging activity. An alternative is to source lithium from brine produced as industrial wastewater (in desalination or shale gas production). The main challenge that brine presents to selectively extracting lithium is competing ions. By advancing knowledge of nanomaterials and membrane distillation, the project expects to overcome both this technical challenge and other practical challenges. From wastewater, the anticipated system will produce additional clean water and a valuable commodity that can offset the cost of water treatment.

FOR Codes: Separation┬┐┬┐technologies, Nanomaterials, Environmental Technologies, Membrane and Separation Technologies, Urban and Industrial Water Management, Expanding Knowledge in Engineering, Environmentally sustainable engineering , Terrestrial systems and management not elsewhere classified