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17 Jun

University of Chicago develops method to obtain lithium from water sources

US researchers have developed a method to obtain lithium from a range of water sources, where the mineral is normally too diluted for efficient extraction. These include seawater, groundwater, and flowback water left behind from fracking and offshore oil drilling. A team at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering finds that certain iron phosphate particles can pull the mineral out of dilute liquids. They isolate lithium based on its…
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