The results of the present investigation reveal that 2-methyltetrahydrofuran is a potential solvent for the extraction of levulinic acid from dilute aqueous solution. This conclusion is based on the relatively high values of distribution coefficient Kd (1.3-1.6) measured for the system of levulinic acid - water - 2-methyltetrahydrofuran at temperatures 298.2 K, 313.2 K, and 328.2 K, as well as encouraging performance of the continuous counter current Kühni column. The results give reason to believe, that 2-methyltetrahydrofuran can be considered for the extraction of other low molecular weight acids, such as formic or lactic acid, as well.
- levulinic acid
- physical solvent