The manufacturing process of lithium carbonate produces analcime, i.e. sodium zeolite, as a by-product. Analcime is a porous zeolite with a number of industrial uses.
Analcime functions as a molecular sieve, particularly absorbing positive cations, such as ammonium ions. As a result, it has been observed to remove ammoniacal nitrogen from sewage. Analcime can also be used to remove hardness from water.
Analcime is also used in construction and the ceramics industry, for instance as an agent in the manufacture of cement and concrete. Potential uses for analcime also include the manufacture of ceramic tiles and the manufacture of asphalt as an agent.
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