[Cite as http://purl.org/au-research/grants/arc/DP150101377]
Researchers Prof Saravanamuthu Vigneswaran; A/Prof Jaya Kandasamy; Prof Anthony Fane; A/Prof Rong Wang; Prof Hee Moon
Brief description 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) from the brine after further concentration of the brine will lead to environmental and economic benefits. This proposal aims to develop (i) a novel electrospun nanofibre membrane distillation membrane to economically concentrate the brine and (ii) novel adsorbents and desorbents to recover the valuable Rb. The concentration and recovery of Rb from the brine will lead to a sustainable way of handling the brine as the concentration cost can be offset by the selling of Rb.
Funding Amount 315700
Funding Scheme Discovery Projects