, Volume 23, Issue 5, pp 535-538

Extraction of succinic acid with 1-octanol/n -heptane solutions of mixed tertiary amine

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 The reactive extraction of succinic acid was carried out by mixed tertiary amine which consisted of tripropylamine (TPA) and trioctylamine (TOA) as the extraction agent in 1-octanol/n-heptane diluent. Maximum distribution coefficient was obtained at 8:2 weight ratio of TPA/TOA. At this ratio, its extraction efficiency is above 90% at the 3.9 wt.% of succinic acid in aqueous solution. Furthermore, the prevention of the third phase formation made the phase separation between organic phase and aqueous phase easy.