Parans Paranthaman at Oak Ridge National Laboratory leads the CMI project "Lithium extraction and conversion from brines"
Project Description: Lithium has been identified as one of the near-critical elements and is essential for US energy security. About 2% US production and heavy import reliance despite rapid domestic demand growth for lithium ion batteries for electric vehicles provide impetus for CMI. Team is well poised to address the technology opportunities to increase lithium supply. The main goal is to work with potential industry partners and teams and enable a pre-commercial lithium plant in Salton Sea. Early-stage experiments on sorbent synthesis, structure, and characterization; forward-osmosis membrane to concentrate lithium chloride solution; and solvent extraction for lithium recovery and purification.
CMI Webinars - several CMI webinars relate to lithium, brines and separations