Removal of lithium from water by aminomethylphosphonic acid containing resin

Aydın Çiçek, Onur Yılmaz, Ozgur Arar


This study gives an overview of the ability of aminomethylphosphonic acid containing chelating resin for the removal of lithium (Li+) from water. Studies were performed under various conditions such as resin dose, initial Li+ concentration, solution pH and solution temperature. Results showed that the sorption of Li+ reached equilibrium within 15 min and the experimental data were well fitted by the pseudo-second-order kinetic model. The Li+ sorption was highly pH dependent, and the optimum pH for Li+ removal was ≥3. Isotherm sorption data displayed good correlation with the Langmuir model, and maximum monolayer sorption capacity of resin found as 13.65 mg/g. Thermodynamic studies suggested that Li+ sorption onto chelating resin was an exothermic and spontaneous process in nature. Resin can be regenerated by 0.1 M HCl, NaCl or H2SO4 with > 99 % efficiency. Desorption of Li+ with 0.1 M NaCl resulted in no changes of the uptake capacity through four subsequent sorption/desorption cycles.


chelating resin; ion exchange; lithium; lewatit TP260

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