Green supported liquid membranes: The permeability activity-based linear operation (PABLO) method

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Supported liquid membranes (SLMs) containing novel green solvents are proposed as a sustainable alternative separation process in the recovery of biomolecules. In this work, succinic acid has been successfully extracted from model fermentation broths through a stripping phase-facilitated transport mechanism with four different green supported liquid membranes: two eutectic solvents (DL-menthol:OctA and N 4444Cl:OctA), the bio-based solvent eucalyptol and the ionic liquid [C 4pyrr][Tf 2N]. A permeability activity-based model that takes into account for the first time solute-phase affinities has been developed using the quantum chemical COSMO-RS method; the model corrects the mass transfer driving force and allows extraction predictions beyond the concentration equilibrium. The best recovery has been achieved experimentally for the eucalyptol-based SLM (concentration factor of 1.4) using an alkaline aqueous solution (0.5 M NaOH) as the stripping phase. A countercurrent cascade extraction process design is proposed, and a graphical method to determine the stage number, interstage concentrations as well as mass transfer area requirements is presented. This new tool, the Permeability Activity-Based Linear Operation (PABLO) method, will substantially enhance the process design of SLMs technology for the biorefinery industry.

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Original languageEnglish
Article number137253
JournalChemical Engineering Journal
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2 Jun 2022