Transport of lithium through a supported liquid membrane of LIX54 and TOPO in kerosene

Bipan Bansal, Xiao Dong Chen, Md Monwar Hossain

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A mathematical transport model is developed for the extraction of lithium from dilute synthetic solution, simulating geothermal water, using a supported liquid membrane (SLM) of LIX54 (major component is α-acetyl-m- dodecylacetophenone) and TOPO (tri-n-octylphosphine oxide) in kerosene. The model is based on fundamental mass transfer and kinetics mechanisms that account for all possible transport resistances. The model is solved numerically and is used to investigate the effect of various extraction conditions and membrane support characteristics. Reasonable agreement is found between the predicted and the experimental results reported in literature.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1327-1336
Number of pages10
JournalChemical Engineering and Processing: Process Intensification
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2005
Externally publishedYes


  • LIX54
  • Lithium
  • Mass transfer
  • Solvent extraction
  • Supported liquid membrane
  • TOPO
  • Transport

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry
  • General Chemical Engineering
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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