Journal article

Sensitivity enhancement in membrane separation flow injection analysis by ultrasound

Beenamma Jimmy George, Natalie Pereira, Mosharrof Al Massum, Spas D Kolev, Muthupandian Ashokkumar

ULTRASONICS SONOCHEMISTRY | ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV | Published : 2008

Abstract

The effect of ultrasound on gas-diffusion and pervaporation flow injection separation was investigated. Ammonia and three aliphatic amines (propylamine, tri-ethylamine and di-n-butylamine) with different volatility and surface activity were used as model analytes. Under the experimental conditions used, sonication did not enhance gas-diffusion separation efficiency and resulted in up to 62% improvement in pervaporation mass transfer. Based on these findings and taking into account the surface activity of the analytes studied which decreased with their molecular mass it was postulated that ultrasound-induced surface rippling was primarily responsible for the enhanced evaporation in the donor ..

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