Document Type : Research Paper


1 Department of Civil Engineering, College of Engineering, University of Basrah, Basrah, Iraq

2 Department of Civil Engineering, College of Engineering, University of Al-Qadisiyah, Qadisiyah Iraq

3 Department of Water Research and Polluted Control, National Research Centre, Cairo, Egypt



Pollutants in water bodies pose a serious threat to both the aquatic ecosystem and human health. Ion exchange is used as a chemical process to remove unwanted dissolved ions from water and wastewater. It is widely accepted in developing countries. This analysis provides a bibliometric examination to consider the status and trends of advanced ion exchange worldwide. This study was conducted using the Dimensions website to identify and collect the most important research papers. The retrieved manuscripts were organized through Microsoft Excel and then VOS viewer was used to analyze the data by reviewing previous studies related to ion exchange as a contaminant removal treatment. To create maps and find out which countries, universities, and journals have published research articles on topics related to ion exchange, as well as authors who have studied the topic of ion exchange and their research, cooperation. To benefit from these studies and learn the importance of ion exchange as a treatment for removing pollutants. The electro neutrality of the ion exchange (IOEX) process must always be maintained because it is a stoichiometric process. Search results for IOEX were exported from Dimensions to a CSV file, both coexistence, cooperation with affiliate countries and consortia were implemented on the full search results. Ion exchange treatment has proven effective in treating industrial wastewater and domestic wastewater. Professionals and practitioners in the field are provided with important information through this examination of ion exchange research. The analysts learned about leading academic and research institutions, the state of the exploration field, and the most controversial issues surrounding advanced ion exchange. In addition, this lesson will provide the opportunity to learn basic facts that will develop the extent of ion exchange knowledge. The bibliometric survey method can also be used to visualize the trend of research and study in various fields.