Market Definition and Introduction
Ion exchange process involves the reversible interchange of ions between a solid (organic or inorganic ion exchange materials) and a liquid in which there is no permanent change in the structure of the solid. The ion exchange process is used in water treatment and also offers a method of separation in many non-water processes. The process is specially used in chemical synthesis, medical research, food processing, mining, agriculture and a variety of other areas. Even though inorganic ion exchange materials were the first to be identified for utility, they lost their usefulness after the discovery of organic resins used for ion exchange.
However, restoration of the commercial interest in inorganic ion exchange materials did take place in the 20th century, on account of their use in the field of nuclear research. These were materials that displayed stability at high temperatures even in the presence of intense radioactive radiations. The main benefits of using synthetic zeolite type inorganic ion exchange materials vis-à-vis naturally occurring zeolites are that, they could be engineered with a wide variety of chemical properties and pore sizes, and these types of inorganic ion exchange materials were stable at high temperatures but have some limitations too. The analytical prominence of synthetic inorganic ion materials has now been firmly established. Besides, there have been significant developments in the area of inorganic ion exchange materials, leading to products with superior features, thereby creating a demand potential for inorganic ion exchange materials in the future.
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Considering these important aspects of applications of inorganic ion exchange materials, the study of the inorganic ion exchange materials market becomes an important read.
On the basis of product type, the inorganic ion exchange materials market is segmented as follows:
- Synthetic zeolite inorganic ion exchange materials
- Polybasic acid salt inorganic ion exchange materials
- Hydrous oxide inorganic ion exchange materials
- Metal ferrocynide inorganic ion exchange materials
- Insoluble inorganic ion exchange materials
- Hetropolyacid inorganic ion exchange materials
On the basis of application industries, the inorganic ion exchange materials market is segmented as follows:
- Chemical industry
- Water & wastewater treatment industry
- Power generation industry
- Pharmaceutical industry
- Food & beverage industry
- Mining industry
- Metal processing & metallurgical industry
- Electrical & electronic component manufacturing industry
- Other industries
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On the basis of end use, the inorganic ion exchange materials market is segmented as follows:
- Separation & preconcentration of metal ions
- Separation of organic compounds
- Nuclear separations
- Redox system
- Effluent treatment
- Ion exchange fibers
- Removal of wastes, water softening and air pollutants
- Preparation of ion-selective electrodes
- Preparation of artificial kidney machines
- Preparation of fuel cells
Key Trends, Drivers
The synthetic zeolite type of inorganic ion exchange materials have some limitations as well. For instance, they incur a relatively high cost compared to natural zeolites, have a limited chemical stability at extreme pH ranges (either high or low), and their ion specificity is susceptible to interference from similarly sized ions. These factors have been proving to be a restraint to these types of inorganic ion exchange materials, although they display stability at high temperatures, and could be manufactured with a wide variety of chemical properties & pore sizes. The relatively beneficial properties of the crystalline silicate based inorganic ion exchange materials over modern synthetic resin based ion exchangers are that they are less sensitive to higher temperatures, and they display a superior stiffness and uniform structure, and are more selective and suitable for separation of ions due to their different sizes. The product development of other types of inorganic ion exchange materials has also been fueling market growth.
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Examples of the market participants in the inorganic ion exchange materials market are as follows:
- Honeywell International Inc.
- Carl Roth GmbH + Co. KG
- Repligen Corporation
- Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation
- Tosoh Corporation
- Merck KGaA
- Calgon Carbon Corporation
- Toray Industries, Inc.
- Toagosei Co., Ltd.