Clinoptilolite zeolite is a highly effective absorbent and adsorbent tool in removing hydrocarbons, radioactive cations, ammonia and heavy metal cations in industrial environments. Zeolite also excels in waste management and remediation solutions.
Over the past several years, environmental concerns have resulted in stringent regulations regarding the management of process materials and wastes. Mining, refining and metal processing industries are under increasing pressure to develop safe and low-cost ways to treat and store contaminants.
Recent studies involving the use of clinoptilolite zeolite in waste management and remediation practices have found that it is highly effective at removing hydrocarbons, radioactive cations, ammonia and heavy metal cations in industrial environments. Essentially, zeolite functions as a molecular sieve that adsorbs, absorbs, binds and immobilizes solid particles, liquids and gases in its honeycomb structure. As a result, zeolite prevents the release of contaminant and toxins into delicate ecosystems.
Zeolite has extremely high capabilities as both an absorbent and adsorbent, meaning that liquids, gases and suspended matter adhere to the surface of its internal pores. At the same time, zeolite can soak up and assimilate molecules into its structure. These complimentary abilities work in unison to bind and contain toxins and contaminants.
Zeolite is used at sewage treatment plants to absorb contaminated liquid and adsorb the ammonia (NH3) produced by microbial activity on the liquid surface. Research conducted at ZeoliteMin Biotech. determined that clinoptilolite zeolite is highly effective in industrial applications including gas production, the absorption of chemical spills and the purification of liquids and soil. Because our zeolite deposits have the highest purity rating on the market, we guarantee that our clients receive a maximum performance product that is low cost and meets environmental regulations in any industrial setting.
Natural zeolite binds heavy metal cations within its honeycomb structure, meaning that they are no longer water soluble. As a result, toxins are locked into the mineral’s framework without the threat of leaching back into the environment. Zeolite is also proven to absorb up to 60% of its weight in liquid and 30% of its weight in oil. Unlike clay absorbents, liquid saturation does not cause zeolite to swell or lose structural integrity. This prevents the creation of mud or a loss of traction on industrial sites.
Encapsulation refers to the process of mixing contaminants with water, zeolite and cement in order to create stable concrete blocks of disposable industrial waste. Natural zeolite acts as a molecular sieve that absorbs, stabilizes and immobilizes contaminants prior to encapsulation in the cement matrix. Its binding capabilities ensure that toxins lose their ability to leach or reduce the strength of concrete over time.The use of zeolite in encapsulation processes has passed the Toxicity Characteristic Leaching Procedure (TCLP) Test Method 1311, which is a standard designed to measure the mobility of organic and inorganic analytes in liquid and solid wastes.
– Adsorbs, absorbs, filters and immobilizes industrial toxins in liquids and gases
– Deodorizes by adsorbing and absorbing source gases
– Filters toxins such as sulfur dioxide (SO2) from the air
– Removes hydrogen sulfide (H2S) from sour gas
– Neutralizes hazardous materials including inverted drilling wasteand petroleum products with high saline content
– Prevents the leaching of toxins into groundwater at landfill sites
– Reduces and filters harmful odors caused by decomposition