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Solvent stable nanoporous poly (ethylene-co-vinyl alcohol) barrier membranes for liquid-liquid extraction of lithium from a salt lake brine

L Xing, J Song, Z Li, J Liu, T Huang, P Dou, Y Chen, XM Li, T He

Journal of Membrane Science | Published : 2016

Abstract

Loss of organic extraction in membrane extraction process could be avoided by using an ion permeable, solvent stable barrier membrane. Development of solvent stable materials has been a key issue for liquid-liquid membrane extraction. A new type of solvent resistant membrane, prepared from block copolymer poly (ethylene-co-vinyl alcohol) (EVAL) via immersion precipitation, is introduced as the barrier in membrane extraction of lithium from a real salt lake brine. The influence of EVAL concentration on the casting solution viscosity and the membrane properties was investigated. The membranes were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), water uptake, pure water flux, mechanical st..

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