|About this Abstract
||Part C-3: Processing of Critical Metals
||Electrochemical and Frequency Assisted Separation Methods for Lithium-7 Enrichment From Liquid Media
||Prashant K. Sarswat, Jaron Wallace, Michael Free
|On-Site Speaker (Planned)
Isotopes are critical to a variety of applications including physical science analyses, medicine, and national security. Current isotope separation technologies are relatively inefficient, capital and labor intensive, and often produced by a limited number of suppliers. Lithium is found naturally in two isotopes, 6Li with about 7.5% abundance, and 7Li which makes up the balance of 92.5%. Each of these isotopes is important to the nuclear industry. 7Li is often used in the form of lithium hydroxide which is used to control pH in pressurized water reactors. One common technology for lithium isotope separation involves the use of mercury, which is an environmental concern. Hence, a reliable and environmentally friendly technique is needed to produce 7Li. In this study the authors discuss a variety of results, including computational isotope dispersion and actual isotope ratio after enrichment using frequency assisted electrochemical and other methods.
||Planned: At-meeting proceedings