Interfacial Heterogeneity is Essential to Water Extraction into Organic Solvents

Michael J. Servis, Aurora Clark


Liquid/liquid extraction (LLE) is one of the most industrially relevant separations methods, successfully leveraging the variable solubility of solutes (or their complexes) between two immiscible solvents. Independently from the relative solubilities of those solutes and complexes which determine their distribution between phases, the kinetics of phase transfer is impacted by the molecular interactions and structure of those species at the interface. A simple example includes the formation and extraction of water-extractant adducts observed in the ternary water/organic/tri-n-butyl phosphate (TBP) system. Despite its implications for LLE, a detailed description of the structural and dynamic mechanisms by which such adducts are formed at the interface is not established. Describing that process requires connecting the evolving interfacial molecular organization in the presence of surfactants to dynamic surface fluctuations and interfacial heterogeneity. Herein, molecular dynamics simulation is combined with state of the art network theory analysis to reveal features of interfacial structure and their relationship to the extraction of water in the water/n-hexane/TBP system. Surfactant adsorption enhances interfacial roughness whic...Continue Reading

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