Monday, June 18, 2007 - 10:30 AM
Snake River (Boise Centre on the Grove)

Comparisons of Silica Polyamine Composites and Crosslinked Polystrenes

Edward Rosenberg1, Jessica Wood1, Brianne Cross2, and Onn Wong1. (1) University of Montana, Missoula, MT, (2) REU program, University of Montana, Missoula, MT

In order for the Silica Polyamine Composites to be viable in industry, their abilities must meet or exceed the current methods of metal extraction from water medium. A comparison study was established comparing two silica polyamine composites: WP-2 and CuWRAM and their closest Crosslinked Polystrene analogs. The study consisted of tests of industrial importance such as: capacity, pH dependence, kinetics, selectivity and the ability to recover the metal. Based on the results the industrial viability of Silica Polyamine Composites can be determined.