Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering, Vol.80, No.2, 224-230, 2002
Extraction of a dissolved organic contaminant from water into an aqueous surfactant solution across a microporous membrane
A novel extraction process, aqueous micellar solvent extraction (AMSE), was demonstrated. In ASME an solute is extracted from a wastewater across a microporous membrane into an aqueous surfactant. solution containing micelles that solubilize the solute. The membrane retains the surfactant micelles in the aqueous micellar solvent. ASME was carried out in hollow fiber ultrafiltration modules with benzoic acid as the solute and a fatty amine ethoxylate surfactant. Flowing the micellar solvent through the fibers and the wastewater outside gave good extraction and low contamination of the treated water by surfactant. The major resistance to extraction of solute was diffusion across the wall of the hollow fiber.