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Application Note

Analysis of Lithium Ore with the Avio 550 Max ICP-OES

Introduction

With the increasing use of lithium (Li) in a wide variety of products, especially for batteries, there is a growing demand for Li and its compounds. Li-containing geological materials must be characterized for both their major and minor components prior to processing. While the Li content is most important, the presence and concentration of other elements determines the grade and the processing procedure.

This work demonstrates the ability of the Avio® 550 Max fully simultaneous ICP-OES to analyze major elements in lithium ore in accordance with China's YS/T 509 series of methods (Chemical Analysis of Spodumene and Lepidolite Concentrates), while exploring simplified sample preparation strategies.