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Lithium extraction from Chinese salt-lake brines: opportunities, challenges, and future outlook

Journal Article


Abstract


  • Chinese salt-lake brine is mainly of the magnesium sulfate subtype with a high Mg/Li ratio. Mining lithium from Chinese salt-lake brine has been a decades-long technical challenge. The pros and cons of various technologies are briefly discussed. Chemical extraction has been the most important technology for the recovery of lithium from Chinese salt-lake brine with a high Mg/Li ratio. Several other innovative technologies, including lithium ion sieves, membrane separation, and electro-electrodialysis, have also emerged as potential options.

Authors


  •   Song, Jianfeng (external author)
  •   Nghiem, Long D.
  •   Li, Xuemei (external author)
  •   He, Tao (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2017

Citation


  • Song, J., Nghiem, L. D., Li, X. & He, T. (2017). Lithium extraction from Chinese salt-lake brines: opportunities, challenges, and future outlook. Environmental Science: Water Research and Technology, 3 (4), 593-597.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-85021833084

Number Of Pages


  • 4

Start Page


  • 593

End Page


  • 597

Volume


  • 3

Issue


  • 4

Place Of Publication


  • United Kingdom

Abstract


  • Chinese salt-lake brine is mainly of the magnesium sulfate subtype with a high Mg/Li ratio. Mining lithium from Chinese salt-lake brine has been a decades-long technical challenge. The pros and cons of various technologies are briefly discussed. Chemical extraction has been the most important technology for the recovery of lithium from Chinese salt-lake brine with a high Mg/Li ratio. Several other innovative technologies, including lithium ion sieves, membrane separation, and electro-electrodialysis, have also emerged as potential options.

Authors


  •   Song, Jianfeng (external author)
  •   Nghiem, Long D.
  •   Li, Xuemei (external author)
  •   He, Tao (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2017

Citation


  • Song, J., Nghiem, L. D., Li, X. & He, T. (2017). Lithium extraction from Chinese salt-lake brines: opportunities, challenges, and future outlook. Environmental Science: Water Research and Technology, 3 (4), 593-597.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-85021833084

Number Of Pages


  • 4

Start Page


  • 593

End Page


  • 597

Volume


  • 3

Issue


  • 4

Place Of Publication


  • United Kingdom