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|1. (WO2017031595) METHODS FOR TREATING LITHIUM-CONTAINING MATERIALS|
|Applicants:||NEMASKA LITHIUM INC.
MACKIE, Stephen, Charles
GENDERS, J. David
|Title:||METHODS FOR TREATING LITHIUM-CONTAINING MATERIALS|
The disclosure relates to methods for preparing lithium hydroxide. For example, such methods can comprise mixing a lithium-containing material with an acidic aqueous composition optionally comprising lithium sulfate and thereby obtaining a mixture; roasting the mixture under suitable conditions to obtain a roasted, lithium-containing material; leaching the roasted material under conditions suitable to obtain a first aqueous composition comprising lithium sulfate; submitting the first aqueous composition comprising lithium sulfate to an electromembrane process under suitable conditions for at least partial conversion of the lithium sulfate into lithium hydroxide and to obtain a second aqueous composition comprising lithium sulfate, the electomembrane process involving a hydrogen depolarized anode; optionally increasing concentration of acid in the second aqueous composition; and using the second aqueous composition comprising lithium sulfate as the acidic aqueous composition optionally comprising lithium sulfate for mixing with the lithium-containing material and to obtain the mixture.