Chemical Separations – TLX facilitates difficult chemical separation.
TLX = Thin Layer eXtraction
Thin Layer Extraction* (TLX) separates a mix of ingredients in liquid solution into distinct purified components.
TLX is a periodic reactive liquid-liquid extraction that circumvents the inherent conflict between mixing to help mass transfer and its phase separation aggravation implications. TLX is characterized by a low mass-transfer resistance and minimal inventories of all participating liquids. Those properties cause TLX to stand out between all liquid-liquid extraction methods for its capability to exploit the widest range of host-guest interaction mechanisms – from phase equilibration at one end, to non-equilibrium mechanisms that rely on differences in the rates of reaction between the host and the individual guests (Kinetic Reactive Liquid-Liquid Extraction). It also permits the utilization of temperature differences between the extraction and stripping liquids as an additional tool.
TLX excels in difficult separations where the components to be separated are closely related such as the separation of stereoisomers and chiral compounds, closely related bio-chemicals, rare earths, metals etc. Typically, compounds separated by TLX are high value products produced in moderate volumes.
TLX can reach both high purity and a high yield on both separated products thereby minimizing waste effluents.
The TLX equipment consists of fully automatic robots that are simple to operate and control. The TLX equipment is linearly scalable thereby facilitating the scale-up of results obtained on table-top laboratory devices directly to full scale production plants.
The TLX technology is offered in the form of licensing, instruction, detailed design of the equipment and application assistance.