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Electrochemical Process to Recycle Aqueous Alkali Chemicals Using Ceramic Ion Conducting Solid Membranes

United States Patent Application

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A method is provided to recycle and synthesize aqueous alkali chemicals from industrial and radioactively contaminated alkali salt based waste streams using a two-compartment electrolytic cell having an alkali cation-conductive ceramic membrane. The processes and apparatus provide the capability of recycling and synthesizing value added chemicals, including but not limited to, alkali hydroxides.
Balagopal, Shekar (Sandy, UT), Flinders, Marc (Taylorsville, UT), Pendelton, Justin (Salt Lake City, UT)
12/ 062,458
April 3, 2008
GOVERNMENT RIGHTS [0002] This invention was made in part with government support under grant number DE-FG07-04ID14622 awarded by the United States Department of Energy. The Government has certain rights in the invention.