Bioprocess Engineering

, Volume 3, Issue 2, pp 93–100 | Cite as

Energy saving effect of pervaporation using oleyl alcohol liquid membrane in butanol purification

  • M. Matsumura
  • H. Kataoka
  • M. Sueki
  • K. Araki


The liquid membrane prepared with oleyl alcohol was used in pervaporation of dilute aqueous butanol solutions. The selectivity of this liquid membrane was found to be superior than that of silicone rubber membrane, and the separation factor for butanol was 180. Energy saving effect of pervaporation in butanol purification was investigated by comparing the energies required to purify a butanol solution of 0.5 wt.% in the following three separation systems; a conventional distillation system, a separation system combining pervaporation with distillation, and a pervaporation system using a hydrophobic membrane and a hydrohylic membrane in series. When the pervaporation using oleyl alcohol liquid membrane was employed as a pretreatment process of butanol purification, the energy requirement was found to be around one-tenth of that of conventional distillation.


Butanol Silicone Rubber Liquid Membrane Pervaporation Separation System 
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List of Symbols

ED MJ/kg

Specific energy requirement of butanol purification by distillation

J kg/(m2 · h)

Total permeation flux

JB kg/(m2 · h)

Permeation flux of butanol

P1, P2 MPa

Pressure at inlet and outlet of vacuum pump

Q kJ/h

Energy transfer rate


Energy consumption rate of condenser and vacuum pump

R J/K · mol

Gas constant

t, T °C, K



Mass flow rate of butanol/water binary mixture


Mass flow rate of aqueous butanol solution


at inlet and outlet of permeation cell

W* kJ/mol

Energy requirement of adiavatic expansion


Butanol mass fraction of aqueous butanol solution


Butanol mass fraction of aqueous butanol solution supplied into distillation column


Butanol mass fraction of aqueous butanol


solution at inlet and outlet of permeation cell


Butanol mass fraction in permeate


Separation factor of butanol


Adiavatic constant


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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. Matsumura
    • 1
  • H. Kataoka
    • 1
  • M. Sueki
    • 2
  • K. Araki
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute of Applied BiochemistryUniversity of TsukubaIbarakiJapan
  2. 2.Research and Development CenterChiyada Chemical Engineering and Construction Co. Ltd.YokohamaJapan

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