Applications of Organic Ion Exchange Resins in Water Treatment

  • Jiafei Lyu
  • Xianghai GuoEmail author


Ion exchange resins are widely used in water treatment for the removal of various contaminants including natural organic matter (NOM), heavy metal ions, anions, boron, surfactants, pharmaceuticals and dyes, due to their specific advantages such as easy implementation, low cost, reversible regeneration and stability of organic polymers. Although wide applications of organic ion exchange resins have been achieved in industries, many research groups are devoted to the development of novel organic ion exchange resins for further improvement of the water treatment process. During past ten years, more attention was paid to the performance of magnetic ion exchange resins and coupling of various water treatment techniques for more efficient and low-cost separation. Through this chapter, the development of organic ion exchange resins over the past ten years will be reviewed in detail.

List of abbreviations


Acid mine drainage


Bed volume


Coating copper ferrocyanide


Chemical-free ion exchange


Decontamination factor


Dissolved organic matter


Disinfection by-product


Dissolved organic carbon




Effective resin dose


Hydrous manganese oxide




Magnetic ion exchange resin


Methyl orange


Natural organic matter


Non-dispersive solvent extraction






Powdered activated carbon




Reverse osmosis


Secondary effluent




Strong acid cation


Seawater reverse osmosis


Strong-base anion






Trihalomethane formation potential




World Health Organization


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Pharmaceutical Engineering, School of Chemical Engineering and TechnologyTianjin UniversityTianjinPeople’s Republic of China
  2. 2.Key Laboratory of Systems Bioengineering (Ministry of Education)Tianjin UniversityTianjinPeople’s Republic of China

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