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Bifunctional phenyl monophosphonic/sulfonic acid ion exchange resin and process for using the same

United States Patent

December 3, 2002
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A cross-linked water-insoluble ion exchange resin comprised of polymerized monomers having a phenyl ring is disclosed. A contemplated resin contains (i) polymerized phenyl ring-containing monomers having a phosphonic acid ligand linked to the phenyl ring, (ii) about 2 to about 5 millimoles per gram (mmol/g) of phosphorus as phosphonic acid ligands, and (iii) a sufficient amount of a sulfonic acid ligand such that the ratio of mmol/g of phosphonic acid to mmol/g sulfonic acid is up to 3:1. A process for removing polyvalent metal cations from aqueous solution, and a process for removing iron(III) cations from acidic copper(II) cation-containing solutions that utilize the contemplated resin or other resins are disclosed.
Alexandratos; Spiro (Knoxville, TN), Shelley; Christopher A. (Knoxville, TN), Horwitz; E. Philip (Naperville, IL), Chiarizia; Renato (Elmhurst, IL), Gula; Michael J. (Chicago, IL), Xue; Sui (Darien, IL), Harvey; James T. (Naperville, IL)
Arch Development Corp (Chicago, IL), The University of Tennessee Research Corp (Knoxville, TN)
09/ 850,474
May 7, 2001
GOVERNMENT LICENSE RIGHTS The U.S. Government has rights in this invention pursuant to Contract No. W-31-109-ENG-38 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy.