Recovery of lupanine from Lupinus albus L. leaching waters

Sheiliza Carmali, Vítor D. Alves, Isabel M. Coelhoso, Luísa M. Ferreira, Ana M. Lourenço*

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Adirect process for the recovery of the alkaloid lupanine from the debittering wastewaters of Lupinus albus L. was studied. The wastewaters were 10-fold concentrated by a membrane process, osmotic evaporation, using a calcium chloride solution as the osmotic agent. The concentrated effluent was treated in a basic solid medium and extracted with ethyl ether by a direct process. The lupanine present in rich fraction was recovered in a proportion of 18.5%. The lupanine recovered from the L. albus L. wastewaters is presented almost as a racemic mixture. The significant amount of wastewaters produced in a debittering operation, together with the available salt solution used in the industrial process, would justify the recovery of the lupanine content by this membrane process.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)38-43
Number of pages6
JournalSeparation and Purification Technology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Effluent recovery
  • Lupanine
  • Lupinus albus L.
  • Membrane contactors
  • Osmotic evaporation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Filtration and Separation

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