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Separating Ion-Exchange Resin From Soil


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  1. Vol. 55 No. 3, p. 890-892
    Received: Aug 23, 1990

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  1. Steve J. Thien  and
  2. R. Myers
  1. Dep. of Agronomy, Throckmorton Hall, Kansas State Univ., Manhattan, KS 66506



Use of ion-exchange resins in soil science lacks a suitable technique for separating loose resin from soil. Implanting porous, resinfilled bags has been used, but limits soil-resin contact. Grinding soil fine enough to sieve the resin may not be appropriate for some applications. We have developed a technique for separating loose resin from soil. A 1.31 M sucrose solution was added to a soil-resin mixture and centrifuged 3 min at 1900 × g. Density differences caused the soil (2.65 kg m−3), sucrose solution (1.17 kg m−3), and exchange resin (1.12 kg m−3) to separate. The resin accumulated on top where it could easily be recovered by decanting for further analysis. Average recovery of resin was 99.0% from eight different soils. Resin added and resin recovered were highly correlated (r = 0.99) and were independent of soil/resin ratio. The use of sucrose, a nonionic solution, had no effect on resin composition in this procedure.

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