Collecting Lithium From Seawater To Meet Demand for Batteries

Asst. Prof. Chong Liu’s lab is developing a new type of electrode that can extract valuable elements from seawater using a process called electrochemical intercalation. This method could present one of the most sustainable methods for extracting lithium anywhere. Credit: John Zich

Asst. Prof. Chong Liu seeks to design electrodes to collect lithium for batteries from seawater.
It’s estimated that by the end of the decade, electric vehicle sales will drive lithium demand to five times its current level. That sudden increase has companies looking for new sources of the valuable metal, but one scientist at the Pritzker …