Electrolytic Processing

National Laboratory: 
Argonne National Laboratory
Processing/Manufacturing Class: 
Fabrication and synthesis

Argonne has extensive experience in light metals technology development and molten salt electrolysis. Facilities include: 3-20A, 2-100A, and one 1800A fully equipped molten salt electrolysis cells, typically used for aluminum process development, as well as a 40-kVA electrolytic molten salt refining cell. 

Capability Bounds: 

The facility allows for process development from the bench to commercial scales.

Unique Aspects: 

Dr. John Hryn is an expert in aluminum and magnesium processing and recycling and electrodialysis processing. He has spent the majority of his career at ANL, focusing his research on energy-efficient and environmentally sound aluminum and magnesium processing and recycling technology development. https://www.anl.gov/contributors/john-hryn


The facility is available.

Single Point of Contact: 

Name: Dr. John Hryn, Principal Engineer
Email: jhryn@anl.gov
Phone: (630) 252-5893

  1. J. Hryn, O. Tkacheva, and J. Spangenberger, “Initial 1000A Aluminum Electrolysis Testing in Potassium Cryolite-Based Electrolyte.” Light Metals 2013, pp. 1289-1294, John Wiley & Sons, Inc. (2013) (Presented at the 2013 TMS Annual Meeting, San Antonio, Texas, March 3-7, 2013).
  2. O. Tkacheva, J. Hryn, J. Spangenberger, B. Davis, and T. Alcorn, “Operating Parameters of Aluminum Electrolysis in a KF-AlF3 Based Electrolyte.” Light Metals 2012, pp. 675-680, C. E. Suarez. Cham, Springer International Publishing (2016) (Presented at the 2012 TMS Annual Meeting, Orlando, Florida, March 11-15, 2012).
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