High concentration of chloride ions in continental water is a great problem for the exploitation of these natural resources. In industry, the use of this water involves additional conditioning steps. For drinking water and irrigation uses, the Cl- must be reduced by conventional water treatment processes, like ion exchange or reverse osmosis, but for large scale production these techniques could be very expensive due to resin regeneration or energy costs. The possibility of using supported liquid membranes (SLM) with ionic liquids (IL), Aliquat 336, Cyphos IL 101 and Cyphos IL 167, as carriers to exchange Cl- for HCO3- anion has been shown to work. The reversibility of this anion exchange was corroborated by solvent extraction experiments and implemented in flat sheet supported liquid membrane (FSSLM) and hollow fiber renewal liquid membrane technologies (HFRLM). About double transport values have been obtained in HFRLM compared to SLM and 1 h is the time enough to reduce the chloride concentration up to 250 mg/L using HFRLM at the best experimental condition. The results obtained allow us to be optimistic about the implementation of this technology on a large scale to chloride reduction in drinking water when the source is inadequate for direct use. (C) 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Abstract: BACKGROUND: Among the polyols, 1,3 diols are selective and efficient extractants for boron but significant solubility of these into aqueous solutions restricts their application in large scale separation processes. Solvent modifiers can be used to reduce extractant loss to the aqueous phase. Efficiency of the diolic extractants for boron separation have been tested in the presence of different solvent modifiers. RESULTS: Compared with other modifiers studied, decanol gives better stability to diolic molecules in the Kerosene phase and exhibits a reduced negative effect on the extraction of boron. Next to decanol, the low viscous 2,6-dimethyl-4-heptanone can be used as solvent modifier. In successive extraction studies, 2-butyl-2-ethyl-1,3-propanediol (BEPD) showed better stability among the diols studied in the presence of decanol in the organic phase. CONCLUSION: Quantitative removal of boron was achieved from industrial waste solutions such as a spent phosphate passivation bath and a cutting fluid, using 0.6 mol L-1 BEPD and 0.6 mol L-1 2,2,4-trimethyl-1,3-pentanediol (TMPD) in 25% decanol/Kerosene organic phase
This work analyses the extraction of Cu(II) using quaternary ammonium and quaternary phosphonium based ionic liquids. Firstly, the chemical suitability of the two ionic liquids was evaluated. They were then tested for extracting copper from solutions (simulated) of liquid mining waste. The effects of the extractant concentration, the sulphate concentration and the stripping solution were studied and the resulting information allowed us to propose a reaction mechanism. Finally, tests were performed using supported liquid membranes (SLM). The results with the synthesised ionic liquids show that [A336/Cy272] is suitable in sulphate, chloride and mixed media, while [C104] is suitable in chloride media. Liquid/liquid extraction tests indicate that it is possible to remove Cu(II) from highly contaminated aqueous solutions (1000 mg/L Cu(II)) using quaternary ammonium type ionic liquids in sulphate, chloride or mixed media, with extraction efficiencies of up to 95%. The best stripping results were obtained in basic and acid media. In contrast, a fouling problem of the membrane was found in supported liquid membrane tests, which occurs after approximately 4 h of testing. (C) 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Fortuny, A.; Coll, M.T.; Muiños, L.; Kedari, C.S.; Sastre, A. International Conference on Ionic Liquids in Separation and Purification Technology p. P82 Presentation's date: 2011-09-04 Presentation of work at congresses
Coll, M.T.; Fortuny, A.; Sastre, A. 7th European Congress of Chemical Engineering , 19th International Congress of Chemical and Process Engineering p. 445-446 Presentation's date: 2010-08-31 Presentation of work at congresses
Water covers 70% of the Earth’s surface but, even so water is becoming a scarce resource. In
order to achieve the target 7.c of the Millennium Development Goals, to assure potable water
for the people without sustainable access to it, alternative sources must be found.
Considering that the oceans contain 97.5% of the earth’s water, seawater (SW) can be use as a
source of safe drinking water and for irrigation; the salts contained are usually removed by
membrane techniques, especially reverse osmosis (RO). By using this alternative source more
traces of contaminants start to appear in the final product, that is the case of the boron.
The average boron concentration in the seawater is 5 mg/L, if the rejection values for the new
SWRO membranes are between 80-87%, the concentration of boron in the permeate is more
than 0.5 mg/L, exceeding the WHO Guidelines for Drinking-water Quality. To reduce this
limit value is necessary put one additional step of separation.
As well as know, the supported liquid membranes (SLM) are very effective in removing and
recovering metals from liquid effluents at low concentration, since they combine extraction
and stripping processes in one step. For that, this technique must be suitable to extract boron
The main problem of the conventional SLM is the limited time of performance associated to
the stability of the membrane. To avoid it, hollow fiber strip dispersion technique (HFSD) has
been used in this work.
The 1,3 diols, as 2,2,4-trimethyl-1,3-pentanediol, 2-butyl-2-ethyl-1,3-propanediol, 2-ethtyl-
1,3-hexanediol, 2-methyl-2,4-pentanediol, are appropriate to extract boron selectively. The
liquid liquid extraction experimental trials have allowed to choose the 0,3 M BEPD (2-butyl-
2-ethyl-1,3-propanediol) with 20% decanol in kerosene as the best extractant for the boron
separation from neutral or acidic aqueous media. The extraction yield is well and this value
can be maintained after successive extractions, this behaviour is very important for its
application to hollow fiber membrane module by strip dispersion.
The results obtained with flat supported liquid membranes have given permeability
coefficient values witch corroborate the possibility to use this extractant on the hollow fiber
strip dispersion technology.
Goralska, E.; Coll, M.T.; Fortuny, A.; Kedari, C.; Sastre, A.; Bogacki, M. XXI International Symposium on Physisco-Chemical Methods of Separation. ARS SEPARATORIA 2006 p. 92-93 Presentation of work at congresses
Coll, M.T.; Fortuny, A.; Goralska, E.; Kedari, C.; Sastre, A. XXth International Symposium on Physisco-Chemical Methods of the Mixture Separation. ARS SEPARATORIA 2005 p. 122-124 Presentation of work at congresses
Goralska, E.; Coll, M.T.; Fortuny, A.; Kedari, C.; Sastre, A. XXth International Symposium on Physisco-Chemical Methods of the Mixture Separation. ARS SEPARATORIA 2005 p. 130-133 Presentation of work at congresses
Fortuny, A.; Coll, M.T.; Goralska, E.; Kedari, C.; Sastre, A. XXth International Symposium on Physisco-Chemical Methods of the Mixture Separation. ARS SEPARATORIA 2005 p. 125-126 Presentation of work at congresses