Measuring Lithium in Brine Using the SciAps Z300 LIBS

  • Sciaps z300 handheld LIBS

    The upsurge in rechargeable batteries and electric vehicles has stimulated massive interest in lithium exploration and mining. The SciAps Z300 handheld LIBS is the only handheld device able to directly measure lithium in the sample. Sample types include rocks, powders and now also brines.

    Traditional lithium exploration focuses on hard rock exploration for spodumene, petalite, and lepidolite. An alternative to hard rock exploration is to mine lithium brine deposits. Lithium brines are usually located in what are called salars (i.e. underground reservoirs or salt flats). Salar brines contain dissolved salts such as lithium, potassium, and sodium. It is estimated that 66% of global lithium reserves are found in salars.

    Lithium concentrations in brines can now be measured on-site, in seconds. SciAps has updated the Z-300 handheld LIBS analyser to analyse lithium content in brines as well as geological samples. 

    The Z300 also measures other low atomic number elements that X-ray can’t, including Be, B, C, F, Na, plus the many transition and heavy metals that X-ray also measures. The Z uses the technique of Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS), which is similar to Spark OES. LIBS is an optical technique and is therefore very sensitive to the low atomic number elements.  No X-rays means no travel restrictions or licensing headaches. There are now dozens of Z-300 analysers being used globally for lithium exploration projects. If you need to measure lithium or other low atomic elements in the field, the Z-300 is your solution.