Recent Developments in Solvent-Based Fluid Separations

Boelo Schuur*, Thomas Brouwer, Lisette M.J. Sprakel

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The most important developments in solvent-based fluid separations, separations involving at least one fluid phase, are reviewed. After a brief introduction and discussion on general solvent trends observed in all fields of application, several specific fields are discussed. Important solvent trends include replacement of traditional molecular solvents by ionic liquids and deep eutectic solvents and, more recently, increasing discussion around bio-based solvents in some application fields. Furthermore, stimuli-responsive systems are discussed; the most significant developments in this field are seen for CObinf2einf-switchable and redox-responsive solvents. Discussed fields of application include hydrocarbons separations, carbon capture, biorefineries, and metals separations. For all but the hydrocarbons separations, newly reported electrochemically mediated separations seem to offer exciting new windows of opportunities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)573-591
Number of pages19
JournalAnnual Review of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Publication statusPublished - 7 Jun 2021


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