Macrocyclic Ligands in Separations

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The selectivity of macrocyclic ligands such as crown ethers and cryptands in binding metal and other cations in aqueous and nonaqueous solvents can be exploited to make ion separations. Cations are usually separated by direct interaction with the ligand. In addition, anions associated with the positively charged macrocyclic complexes can be separated in novel separations systems. We have incorporated macrocyclic ligands into high performance ion chromatography, liquid membranes, and solvent extraction separation systems involving coalescence extraction.

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