Countercurrent laminar microflow for highly efficient solvent extraction

Arata Aota, Masaki Nonaka, Akihide Hibara, Takehiko Kitamori

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(Figure Presented) By modifying the walls of a glass microchannel so that one side is hydrophilic and the other hydrophobic, counter-current laminar flow of an organic phase relative to an aqueous phase is effected (see picture). This system is applied to the efficient extraction of a cobalt complex from toluene into water.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)878-880
Number of pages3
JournalAngewandte Chemie - International Edition
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2007
Externally publishedYes


  • Hydrophobic effect
  • Interfaces
  • Liquids
  • Phase transfer
  • Solvent extraction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)


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