Chromate removal by long life IX resins without continuous pH adjustment

Presented on Tuesday, December 3, 2019
Peter Meyers, Technical, ResinTech Inc

Long life resins are available for chromate removal from water but have traditionally had the disadvantage of requiring pH adjustment, first to reduce pH before treatment, and then to raise pH following treatment. The requirement for double pH adjustment leads to a significant increase in TDS, added complexity, risks associated with the use of strong acids and bases, and the ongoing costs of purchasing and using these chemicals.

The mechanism of removal in long life resins used for chromate removal is ion exchange, followed by reduction of hexavalent chromium to trivalent chromium, followed by precipitation into the IX resin polymer. The second step is rate limiting and pH dependent and is the reason why lowering pH before treatment has until now been necessary.

However, there is a simple way to use these long life resins that does not require continuous pH adjustment. By taking a portion of the treatment vessels off line and soaking them in a low pH solution, the rate constant for the reduction step is increased sufficiently to catch up, making the ion exchange step the limiting factor. This step is much longer. Rejuvenated vessels can then be put back on line and operated at the natural pH of the feedwater.

Peter Meyers
Technical, ResinTech Inc
Peter Meyers is technical director for ResinTech Inc., of West Berlin, N.J. ResinTech is an ion exchange resin manufacturer and, through its two divisions Aries and ACM Company, also offers activated carbon, inorganic selective exchangers, cartridge filters and PEDI regeneration services. Meyers has more than 30 years of experience covering a wide range of ion exchange applications from demineralizers, polishers, and softeners to industrial process design and operation.

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