Journal article

Organic solvent nanofiltration of binary vegetable oil/terpene mixtures: Experiments and modelling

MH Abdellah, L Liu, CA Scholes, BD Freeman, SE Kentish

Journal of Membrane Science | ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV | Published : 2019


Bio-derived solvents such as ρ-cymene, d-limonene and α-pinene represent feasible alternatives to n-11 hexane for the extraction of vegetable oils. However, the large-scale utilization of these solvents is 12 still limited mainly owing to their high boiling points and latent heats of vaporization. In this work, the 13 performance of composite polydimethylsiloxane/polyacrylonitrile (PDMS/PAN) organic solvent 14 nanofiltration membranes in the recovery of these solvents from their binary mixtures with canola oil 15 is investigated. The sorption isotherms of the mixtures were first studied using free-standing PDMS 16 films and the multicomponent Flory-Huggins model used to determine the resulti..

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Awarded by Australian Research Council (ARC)

Funding Acknowledgements

M. H. Abdellah acknowledges the University of Melbourne for the Melbourne Research Scholarship and Alexandria University for the financial support. L. Liu and S.E. Kentish acknowledge funding support from the Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Program (DP150100977). B.D. Freeman gratefully acknowledges support from the Australian-American Fulbright Commission for the award of a U.S. Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Science, Technology, and Innovation sponsored by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO).