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What is difference between Zeolite and Resin?

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Q. What is the difference between Zeolite & Resin?

Pranav Mehta
Employee - Baddi, Himachal, India
April 26, 2008

A. I presume you have come across these terms in relation to ion exchange systems. Basically a zeolite is a naturally occurring microporous crystalline material based in silicon and aluminium that can be modified to be used in an ion exchange bed. There are other types of structures, some of which are organic synthetic materials, that are collectively and colloquially known as "resins" that are also capable of being used in ion exchange beds. Put simply, zeolites are a single type of ion exchange resin.

trevor crichton
Trevor Crichton
R&D practical scientist
Chesham, Bucks, UK
May 2, 2008

Q. I am doing a research based on this topic of Resin and Zeolites, I wanted to know the importance of choosing a Resin instead of Zeolites?

Why have the industries introduced the use of synthetic resins?

Tamara Mabunda
- South Africa
October 24, 2017

A. Zeolites are inorganic mineral-derived materials. They may be modified or even synthesized for a specific purpose. Synthetic ion exchange resins are organic, and have specific functional groups added for their ion exchange properties.

In most cases, the ion exchange resins have a higher capacity per unit volume and faster kinetics than zeolites.

Lyle Kirman
Consultant - Cleveland Heights, Ohio
October 28, 2017

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