Partition Coefficients of Alkaloids in Biphasic Ionic-Liquid-Aqueous Systems and their Dependence on the Hofmeister Series

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The aim of this work is to test the potential of hydrophobic phosphonium-based ionic liquids for the extraction of caffeine and nicotine from aqueous phases through the determination of the alkaloids' partition coefficients. It was found that the caffeine partitioning for the ionic-liquid-rich phase increases with the ionic liquid hydrogen-bonding accepting capability (or water content), while for nicotine a nearly opposite behavior was observed. In addition, both the influence of the ionic concentration of the aqueous solution (ranging from 0.0 mol . kg(-1) to 3.0 mol . kg(-1)), and the salt nature (with K- and Na-based salts), in the partitioning of caffeine for the ionic-liquid-rich phase were investigated. The influence of the inorganic salt nature in the alkaloid partitioning for the ionic-liquid-rich phase closely follows the Hofmeister series.
Original languageUnknown
Pages (from-to)284-291
JournalSeparation Science And Technology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2012

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