Diffusional mass transfer through solvent membrane by facilitated transport - Experiment
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Solvent extraction of acetic acid at low concentrations from aqueous solutions was studied. Decalin was found to be the optimal solvent and trioctyl phosphine oxide (TOPO) an effective carrier species. Phase equilibrium constants were measured and the results agree with the theoretical equation in the low carrier concentration range. The polymer supported solvent membranes carrying the same solvent and carrier, under various physical and chemical conditions, were prepared and the apparent diffusion coefficients of acetic acid through these membranes were measured and the results were discussed. The apparent diffusion coefficient of acetic acid was not interfered with the existence of hydrochloric acid in the feed stream.
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