Memsift and Angstroms to recover lithium in South Korea

Memsift Innovations Pte Ltd and Angstroms Co Ltd have entered into a cooperation agreement aimed at recovering lithium from South Korea's secondary cell industrial liquid-wastes, including effluents from lithium-ion battery recycling facilities.

Dr J Antony Prince (right), CEO of Memsift Innovations with Kim Baekahm (left), CEO of Angstroms Co Ltd
Dr J Antony Prince (right), CEO of Memsift Innovations with Kim Baekahm (left), CEO of Angstroms Co Ltd

Since establishing their original partnership in early 2021, Memsift and Angstroms have collaborated closely for the past three years. This new agreement marks the next phase, empowering Angstroms to recover energy transition metals from unconventional sources in South Korea through multiple projects.

Memsift’s membrane distillation process and proprietary membranes, based on patented technologies, include the TS-30 system, a unique thermodynamic principle for thermal separation, significantly reducing industrial effluent treatment costs. Additionally, the advanced GOSEP nanofiltration membranes excel in separating monovalent ions like lithium chloride from multivalent ions, even in highly acidic conditions.

Dr J Antony Prince, founder & CEO of Memsift Innovations, said: “This agreement allows us to expand our technology applications to recover energy transition materials from unconventional sources, fostering a more sustainable future. We are eager to collaborate with Angstroms on this promising venture in Korea."

Angstroms specializes in membrane separation technologies for industrial effluent treatment and resource recovery," added Kim Baekahm, CEO of Angstroms. "We recognize the advantages of Memsift's products over traditional methods. Our initial studies indicate that these technologies could be effectively applied in recovering lithium and other energy transition materials from unconventional sources. Particularly in South Korea, which is leading the secondary cell industry, the demand for lithium is expected to increase dramatically.”

“This recovery and concentration technology will play a significant role in the growth of our company," added Baekahm. "This agreement will enable us to conduct pilot and commercial trials at our customer sites, allowing them to experience these cutting-edge technologies firsthand. We believe this partnership with Memsift will strengthen our position in the Korean market for industrial liquid-waste treatment and resource recovery."