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Ionic liquid-based three phase partitioning (ILTPP) systems: Ionic liquid recovery and recycling

Abstract: tIonic liquid-based three phase partitioning (ILTPP) is a promising technique to recover lactoferrin, a high-added value whey protein, because it combines the advantages associated with the use of ionic liquidsand the feasibility of the product recovery characteristic of three phase partitioning. The recyclability ofthe ionic liquid is essential for the feasibility and development of ILTPP technique, due to the high costand environmental impact associated with the discharge of this type of compounds. For this purpose, thethermodynamic characterization of the systems of interest for ILTPP, which are based on the use of 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium trifluoromethanesulfonate (BmimTfO) and sodium dihydrogenophosphate(NaH2PO4), is here performed to determine the composition of the liquid phases in equilibrium and thedistribution coefficient between them. In addition, the fraction of ionic liquid that cannot be reused in theILTPP process has been assessed, concluding that the recyclability of this compound is highly dependenton the protein concentration in the feed stream. At high protein concentrations (2 g L-1) and moderateILTPP efficiencies (around 80%) it is possible to recycle more than 99% of the ionic liquid, which improvesboth the economic and environmental performance of the ILTPP process.

 Autoría: Alvarez-Guerra E., Ventura S., Coutinho J., Irabien A.,

 Fuente: Fluid Phase Equilibria 371 (2014) 67–74

 Editorial: Elsevier

 Año de publicación: 2014

 Nº de páginas: 8

 Tipo de publicación: Artículo de Revista

 DOI: 10.1016/j.fluid.2014.03.009

 ISSN: 0378-3812,1879-0224

 Url de la publicación: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.fluid.2014.03.009