1-Ethyl-3-methylimidazolium bis{(trifluoromethyl)sulfonyl}amide as solvent for the separation of aromatic and aliphatic hydrocarbons by liquid extraction - extension to C-7- and C-8-fractions

A. Arce, Martyn Earle, Hector Rodriguez Martinez, Kenneth Seddon, A. Soto

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Abstract

The ionic liquid 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium bis{(trifluoromethyl)sulfonyl}amide ([C(2)mim][NTf2]) was tested as solvent for the separation of aromatic and aliphatic hydrocarbons containing 7 or 8 carbon atoms (the C-7- and C-8-fractions). The liquid-liquid equilibria (LLE) of the ternary systems (heptane + toluene + [C(2)mim][NTf2]) and (octane + ethylbenzene + [C(2)mim][NTf2]), at 25 degrees C, were experimentally determined. The performance of the ionic liquid as the solvent in such systems was evaluated by means of the calculation of the solute distribution ratio and the selectivity. The results were compared to those previously reported for the extraction of benzene from its mixtures with hexane by using the same ionic liquid, therefore analysing the influence of the size of the hydrocarbons. It was found that the ionic liquid is also good for the extraction of C-7- and C-8- fraction aromatic compounds, just a greater amount of ionic liquid being needed to perform an equivalently efficient separation than for the C-6-fraction. It is also discussed how [C(2)mim][NTf2] performs comparably better than the conventional solvent sulfolane. The original 'Non-Random Two-Liquid' (NRTL) equation was used to adequately correlate the experimental LLE data.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1294-1300
Number of pages7
JournalGreen Chemistry
Volume10
Issue number12
Early online date21 Oct 2008
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Pollution

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