Discovery Projects - Grant ID: DP150101377 [ 2015-01-01 - 2019-09-30 ]

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Researchers: A/Prof Jaya Kandasamy (Chief Investigator) ,  Prof Saravanamuthu Vigneswaran (Chief Investigator) ,  Prof Anthony Fane (Partner Investigator) ,  Prof Hee Moon (Partner Investigator) ,  A/Prof Rong Wang (Partner Investigator)

Brief description Development of a novel adsorbent to extract rubidium from sea water. Disposal of rejected brine from seawater reverse osmosis desalination plants causes major pollution problems and existing solutions are expensive. Recovery of valuable metals such as rubidium (Rb) after further concentration of the brine will lead to environmental and economic benefits. This project aims to develop a novel electrospun nanofibre membrane distillation membrane to economically concentrate the brine and to develop novel adsorbents and desorbents to recover the valuable Rb. It is expected that the concentration and recovery of Rb will lead to a sustainable way of handling the brine, as the concentration cost can be offset by the selling of Rb.

Funding Amount $315,700

Funding Scheme Discovery Projects

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