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Ion exchange resin pictures

Introduction

This page shows pictures of resins taken under the microscope in the laboratory. You will see gel type transparent resins, macroporous opaque resins, and you will observe the difference between uniform particle size resins and traditional products with a "Gaussian distribution".

Not all photographs were taken at the same magnification, so their appearance in terms of particle size is not significant. Click on the small pictures to see them enlarged.

Pictures of new resins

Amberjet 1200 Amberjet 1200

A uniform, gel type SAC resin used for water softening and demineralisation in separate and mixed bed units. Uniform resins are particularly suitable for packed bed systems.

Amberjet 1500 Amberjet 1500

A uniform, gel type SAC resin with higher cross-linking used for condensate polishing.

Amberjet 4200 Amberjet 4200

A uniform, gel type SBA resin used for water demineralisation in separate and mixed bed units.

Amberjet 4400 Amberjet 4400

A uniform, gel type 1 SBA resin with higher cross-linking used for Stratabed and high performance mixed bed units.

Amberlite IR120 Amberlite IR120

A traditional, gel type SAC resin used for water softening and demineralisation with co-flow regeneration. Compare particle size distribution with Amberjet 1200 above.

Amberlite IRA402 Amberlite IRA402

A traditional, gel type 1 SBA resin used for water demineralisation with co-flow regeneration. Compare particle size distribution with Amberjet 4200 above.

Amberlite IRC86 Amberlite IRC86

A gel type WAC resin used for water de-alkalisation and demineralisation with co-flow regeneration. Other grades are available for packed and stratified beds.

Amberlite IRA67 Amberlite IRA67

A gel type, acrylic WBA resin used for water demineralisation when the organic load is high.

Amberlite IRA96 Amberlite IRA96RF

A macroporous styrenic WBA resin used for water demineralisation in packed beds. This is the best WBA resin in the marketplace.

You see that this resin is opaque, because it is macroporous (see resin structure).

Ambersep 900 Ambersep 900

A macroporous styrenic SBA resin used for condensate polishing. It is semi-uniform, and pairs ideally with Amberjet 1500 in this application.

Amberlite 252 Amberlite 252

A macroporous SAC resin used for condensate polishing (in its RF grade) and various special applications. It has an outstanding physical stability.

Amberlite FPC23 Amberlite FPC23

A macroporous SAC resin used in the food industry. It is super-sulphonated for high performance, and can withstand the most adverse operating conditions.

Ambersep GT74 Ambersep GT74

A macroporous special resin with thiol functionality for selective removal of mercury, cadmium and other heavy metals.

Uniform macro resin A uniform macroporous resin

A macroporous resin with unusually uniform particle size. The picture is beautiful, but I don't know the exact type.

Amberlite IRN170 Amberlite IRN170

A mixture of SAC and SBA resins (both gel type) of high purity for radioactive waste treatment in the nuclear power industry. This resin has a high capacity, a big advantage for products that are not regenerated and must be stored after use as radioactive solid waste.

Amberlite MB6113 Amberlite MB6113

A mixture of SAC and SBA resins with a colour indicator of exhaustion. It is sold for household filter cartridges to produce demineralised water for steam irons and other uses.

Amberlite FPX66 Amberlite FPX66

This is a highly cross-linked non-ionic macroporous adsorbent resin used in the food industry.

Amberlite FPX66 Amberlite RF14

An inert material used at the top of floating bed and StratapackTM units (see ion exchange columns). Its specific gravity is less than 1.0 so it floats in water. It protects the top nozzles or collector from clogging.

Amberlite XAD761 Amberlite XAD761

This curious product is a non-ionic adsorbent based on a phenol-formaldehyde matrix. Its particles are not spherical beads like most resins, but have an irregular granular shape.

Macroporous structure Imac HP333 under ESM

This picture was taken by an electron scanning microscope and shows the surface of a weakly acidic macroporous resin used in drinking water treatment.

Macroporous structure Amberlite 200 under ESM

This picture shows the structure of a strongly acidic macroporous resin with high porosity.

Amberjet, Amberlite, Ambersep, Duolite, Imac, and Stratapack are trademarks of the Dow Chemical Company


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