Platform Molecule Removal from Aqueous Mixture with Organophilic Pervaporation: Experiments and Modelling
The work is motivated by a separation problem, which is ethanol removal from aqueous mixtures with membranes. Ethanol can be considered as promising biomass based platform molecule. The platform molecule includes several building-block chemicals grouped together, resulting in a range of downstream chemical products. To solve the target, organophilic pervaporation system is investigated using benchmarked Sulzer PERVAP™ 4060 membranes. Separation factors, total permeation fluxes, permeances and selectivities are experimentally determined. The target of this work is to parameter estimation for semi-empirical pervaporation model. The measured data are evaluated with improved pervaporation model by Valentinyi et al. . Three different polymeric flat sheet membranes are investigated, PERVAP™ 4060, PERVAP™ 1060 and CELFA-CMG-OG010. It is found that the model can be applied also for each organophilic separation case.