Extraction and separation of rare earth metal ions with DODGAA in ionic liquids

Fan Yang, Yuzo Baba, Fukiko Kubota, Noriho Kamiya, Masahiro Goto

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In order to apply ionic liquids (ILs) to the separation of rare earth metals, liquid-liquid extraction of a series of rare earth elements into the ILs was investigated mainly using 1-octyl-3-methylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethyl sulfonyl) imide, [C8mim][Tf2N], with N,N-dioctyldiglycol amic acid (DODGAA) as the extractant. A higher selectivity was exhibited for the heavier rare earth elements as in the n-dodecane system, and the order of the extractability of Y(III) in the IL system, situated in the heavy rare earth metals, was between Tb and Dy. This position is a little different from that for the common solvent extraction system employing organophosphorus extractants such as bis (2-ethylhexyl)phosphoric acid (D2EHPA) and 2-ethylhexylphosphonic acid mono-2-ethylhexyl ester (PC-88A). Quantitative extraction was achieved for all rare earth metals with DODGAA from sulfuric acid solutions from pH 1.5 to 4. It was confirmed that rare earth metal ions were extracted with 3 DODGAA molecules in the ILs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)69-76
Number of pages8
JournalSolvent Extraction Research and Development, Japan
Publication statusPublished - 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Chemistry
  • General Chemical Engineering


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