Quaternary and ternary LLE measurements for solvent (2-methyltetrahydrofuran and cyclopentyl methyl ether) + furfural + acetic acid + water between 298 and 343 K

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The suitability of two promising solvents for the extraction of furfural from aqueous streams is assessed through novel quaternary and ternary liquid-liquid equilibria data for mixtures of solvent (2-methyltetrahydrofuran or cyclopentyl methyl ether) + acetic acid + furfural + water. The measured data between 298 and 343 K at atmospheric pressure are reported along with regressed binary interaction parameters for UNIQUAC-HOC activity coefficient model and further analyzed through distribution coefficients and selectivity for both acetic acid and furfural. Cyclopentyl methyl ether shows promising characteristics towards selective furfural extraction from a stream containing both studied solutes. Distribution coefficients below 1 are observed for acetic acid and as high as 9 for furfural in the quaternary mixtures.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)61-75
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Chemical Thermodynamics
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2018
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

    Research areas

  • 2-Methyltetrahydrofuran, Acetic acid, Cyclopentyl methyl ether, Furfural, Liquid-liquid equilibria, UNIQUAC

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