Extraction of lactic acid from fermented broth with microporous hollow fiber membranes

Yanping Tong, Makoto Hirata, Hirokazu Takanashi, Tadashi Hano, Fukiko Kubota, Masahiro Goto, Fumiyuki Nakashio, Michiaki Matsumoto

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    Non-dispersive solvent extraction of lactic acid based on anion-exchange reaction with tri-n-octylmethylammonium chloride dissolved in oleyl alcohol, the optimum extraction reagents selected for extractive fermentation of lactic acid with Lactobacillus rhamnosus, was attempted in a microporous hollow fiber membrane device. A satisfactory recovery of lactic acid from both aqueous solution and actual fermented broth was accomplished, signifying the great potential of integrating the membrane extraction with fermentation process. A theoretical model which took into account the mass transfer resistances across organic and aqueous films and membrane was developed to analyze and predict the extraction behavior. The model prediction was found to be in good agreement with the experimentally observed results.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)81-91
    Number of pages11
    JournalJournal of Membrane Science
    Issue number1-2
    Publication statusPublished - May 27 1998

    All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

    • Biochemistry
    • General Materials Science
    • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
    • Filtration and Separation


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