Bauxite residue for Phosphorus removal from waste water

Gamini Mendis, Amanda Brock, Kai Gao, Indrajeet Chaubey, Ron Turco, John Howarter

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Phosphorus compounds have been used in a wide variety of industrial and agricultural applications. However, they have also been shown to cause eutrophication in water systems. It is important that the phosphorus is removed from water systems and potentially reclaimed for reuse. One potential phosphorus capture material is bauxite residue. Bauxite residue is a waste product from the Bayer process of aluminum production. The residue is kept in large, alkaline holding pools where it remains unused. Through processing, bauxite residue has been shown to remove phosphorus compounds from waste water. Here, bauxite residue is modified and processed, and the structure-properties relationships are investigated. The effects of microstructure and chemical composition on the removal of phosphorus from water are examined and methods for bauxite valorization are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationTMS Annual Meeting
EditorsRandolph E. Kirchain, Bart Blanpain, Christina Meskers, Elsa Olivetti, Diran Apelian, Diran Apelian, John Howarter, Anne Kvithyld, Brajendra Mishra, Neale R. Neelameggham, Jeff Spangenberger
PublisherMinerals, Metals and Materials Society
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781510824461
StatePublished - 2016
EventREWAS 2016: Towards Materials Resource Sustainability - TMS 2016: 145th Annual Meeting and Exhibition - Nashville, United States
Duration: Feb 14 2016Feb 18 2016

Publication series

NameTMS Annual Meeting


ConferenceREWAS 2016: Towards Materials Resource Sustainability - TMS 2016: 145th Annual Meeting and Exhibition
Country/TerritoryUnited States

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Metals and Alloys


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