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Electrically regenerated ion-exchange technology for desalination of low-salinity water sources

  • Author(s): Subban, CV
  • Gadgil, AJ
  • et al.
Abstract

A promising approach to increasing freshwater availability is the effective desalination of widely available and abundant low-salinity water sources. Here we report a new approach to desalinate low-salinity water sources using inexpensive ion exchange resins (IER) which are commonly used for water softening and require regular chemical regeneration. We incorporate IER into a functional composite material that enables electrical regeneration of IER, eliminating the need for regular use of corrosive chemicals. These proof-of-concept results demonstrate reliable regeneration of IER-composite electrodes using a lab-scale prototype device. With further characterization and development, this new approach offers a path to sustainable use of conventional IER for desalination of low-salinity water sources.

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