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A microfluidic tool for the investigation of liquid-liquid extraction kinetics

Abstract : Techniques devoted to liquid-liquid extraction kinetics studies have seen a tremendous development in the last decades. Various contactors, including Lewis-type cells, moving drops, and Rotating Membrane Cells (RMC) are used. However, these standard methods suffer from major drawbacks, i.e. poor definition of the diffusing films thickness at the liquid-liquid interface 1, large volumes of solvents and reagents needed, and potential effect of the membrane in RMC technique. In order to decrease the manipulated quantities of reagents that could be expensive and to rise and control accurately the specific interfacial area segmented flow in microsystems were investigated as a new tool to determine kinetics of liquid-liquid extraction. Indeed, internal mixing of the solutes and complexes within the dispersed and continuous phases is ensured by both diffusion at small scale (microchannels width < 100 micro meter) and recirculation circles2. Therefore, the kinetics of the extraction of a well-known chemical system (Eu(III) by the N,N’-dimethyl N,N’-dibutyl tetradecylmalonamide, in nitric media) was studied. The determined value of pseudokinetic mass transfer coefficient K (m.s-1) is in good agreement with the values obtained with standard techniques, including Nitsch cell3 and RMC4. Then, the use of segmented flow microfluidics should therefore be considered in the future of liquid-liquid extraction kinetics studies.
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A. Vansteene, G. Cote, C. Mariet. A microfluidic tool for the investigation of liquid-liquid extraction kinetics. 7th Edition of International Conference and Exhibition on Separation Techniques, Jul 2018, Berlin, Germany. ⟨cea-02338556⟩



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