Buffer-Free Process Cycle For Co2 Sequestration And Carbonate Production From Brine Waste Streams With High Salinity

Researchers in the UCLA Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering have developed a novel process cycle to selectively separate and enrich divalent cations such Ca2+ and Mg2+ from high salinity brine solutions for CO2 mineralization. Unlike mineralization processes which require large amounts of alkaline buffer, the current process allows for critical processing reagents to be recycled, thereby minimizing operational costs. Additionally, the current process serves as a pretreatment for brine waste, which may subsequently undergo further purification. The process does not require energy-intensive material processing steps, and it generates valuable carbonate byproducts with industrial applications ranging from sealants and adhesives to pharmaceuticals and cosmetics.

Abstract

Researchers in the UCLA Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering have developed a novel process cycle to separate and enrich divalent cations such Ca2+ and Mg2+ from high salinity brine solutions for CO2 mineralization.

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Advantages

  • Simultaneously mineralizes CO2 and pretreats brine waste for further purification
  • Does not require energy-intensive material processing steps
  • Allows for critical processing reagents to be recycled
  • Minimizes operational costs
  • Generates valuable carbonate byproducts with a wide range of industrial applications

Potential Applications

  • Carbon sequestration and utilization
  • Treatment of waste streams from desalination
  • Treatment of produced water in oil and gas extraction
  • CO2 emissions reduction in power plant flue gas
  • Production of carbonates for use in construction, chemistry, paper, sealants/adhesives, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals and food industries

Contact Information

Name: UCLA Technology Development Group

Email: ncd@tdg.ucla.edu

Phone: 310.794.0558