Assay of lithium hydroxide and lithium carbonate – Precise and reliable determination by potentiometric titration

Lithium salts (e.g., lithium carbonate and lithium hydroxide) are used in myriad applications. Lithium hydroxide is used for the production of lithium stearate, an important engine lubricant. In addition, it is utilized as an air purifier due to its ability to bind carbon dioxide. While the majority of lithium carbonate is used for aluminum production, it is also used for the glass and ceramic industry. It lowers the melting point of these materials, lowering the associated electricity costs and making it cheaper to produce them.

For all of these applications, it is important to know the quality of the pure lithium salts used in the various production processes. This Application Note presents an easy method for the assay of lithium hydroxide and lithium carbonate on an automated OMNIS system.