Solid separation from a mixed suspension through electric-field-enhanced crystallization

Wei Li, Norbert Radacsi, Herman J. M. Kramer, Antoine E. D. M. van der Heijden, Joop H. ter Horst

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When applied to a pure component suspension in an apolar solvent, a strong inhomogeneous electric field induces particle movement, and the particles are collected at the surface of one of the two electrodes. This new phenomenon was used to separately isolate two organic crystalline compounds, phenazine and caffeine, from their suspension in 1,4-dioxane. First, crystals of both compounds were collected at different electrodes under the influence of an electric field. Subsequent cooling crystallization enabled the immobilization and growth of the particles on the electrodes, which were separately collected after the experiment with purities greater than 91 %. This method can be further developed into a technique for crystal separation and recovery in complex multicomponent suspensions of industrial processes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)16088-16091
Number of pages4
JournalAngewandte Chemie International Edition
Issue number52
Early online date18 Nov 2016
Publication statusPublished - 23 Dec 2016


  • crystal engineering
  • dielectrophoresis
  • electrophoresis
  • multicomponent mixtures
  • separation technology
  • apolar solvent
  • phenazine
  • caffeine


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