Targeted Separation and Recovery of Metals from Brines for Energy Storage Applications
Ion-specific membranes offer the opportunity to effectively recover target elements from complex brines in a cost-competitive and environmentally-friendly manner.
ICM has developed a membrane-based technology platform that enables the specific separation and recovery of target ions from complex brines. The process is enabled by engineering an ion-specific pathway through a polymeric membrane that facilitates the movement of target ions through the polymer, while other competing ions are rejected by the polymer backbone. We have demonstrated this concept on multiple ions of interest (both metallic and non-metallic), and are actively expanding the target ion portfolio through computational (AI-based) and experimental methods. Specific ions of interest include lithium, nickel, cobalt, uranium, rare earth elements, phosphate, ammonium, and nitrate.
- Ion-Specific Separations
- Rare Earth Elements