A new technology to either extract valuable metal ion resources from sea water or remove hazardous ions from drinking water.

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Summary

Stanford researchers have developed a new technology to either extract valuable metal ion resources from sea water or remove hazardous ions from drinking water. This new method was tested using half-wave rectified alternating current (HW-ACE) to electrochemically extract uranium from sea water for nuclear fuel. This HW-ACE method can overcome the limitations from traditional physicochemical adsorption and simultaneously achieve 9x higher extraction capacity, 4x faster kinetics, and high selectivity.

 

Applications


Valuable metal resource extraction from sea water such as uranium, vanadium, and copper
Heavy metal ion removal such as cadmium, copper, lead, mercury, etc. from drinking water


 

Advantages


High efficiency and capacity- Removes ions from water ~10x greater traditional physiochemical adsorption systems
High selectivity/specificity to target specific ions
Fast kinetics
Tunable - Electrochemical potentials (bias) and frequency can be tuned to only deposit certain metal ions
Flexible design - different types of electrode material can be used based on different applications
Durable - Device designed to have increased resistance to damage compared to currently available systems
Resistant- Can operate in a wide range of pH conditions without being compromised


 

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