The Value of Lithium Salt Flats

Chemistry World reported that researchers in Japan have possibly found a way to extract lithium from a salt lake brine using hydrated titanium oxide.

According to the publication:

An evaporation process can produce lithium carbonate from brine, but this takes several months. One complication is that brine is a mixture of many different salts, including magnesium salts. Because lithium and magnesium cations have similar ionic properties, they are extremely difficult to separate from each other.

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