Modelling of packed bed adsorption columns for the separation of green tea catechins

Miguel Monsanto, Adithya Thota Radhakrishnan, Edwin Zondervan*

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Green tea is a rich source of catechins, which when purified have a high economic value as they can be used as a supplement in several products, to increase their health benefits. Catechins are regarded as desired components with several applications in a variety of areas such as foods, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals. A multicomponent sorption model has been developed for the separation of catechins from liquid tea streams, with macroporous resins in a packed bed column. Two commercially available food grade resins were considered: Amberlite XADHP and Diaion HP20. For the desorption step, two food grade solvents are used: water and ethanol. The adsorption and desorption behaviour is subsequently mathematically described with one-dimensional axial dispersed plug flow model that can accurately simulate the dynamics of the solvent swing sorption columns. The model parameters were regressed from experimental data. Five components are modelled in the competitive sorption: the main four catechins present in green tea and caffeine. The model was used for the process design and optimization for the recovery of catechins from green tea.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2339-2347
Number of pages9
JournalSeparation Science and Technology (Philadelphia)
Issue number14
Publication statusPublished - 21 Sept 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Adsorption model
  • breakthrough curves
  • macroporous resin
  • process design
  • tea polyphenols


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