The main challenge in modern solvent extraction separation is that most techniques are mainly empirical, specific and particular for narrow fields of practice and require a large degree of experimentation. This concise and modern book provides a complete overview of both solvent extraction separation techniques and the novel and unified competitive complexation/solvation theory. This novel and unified technique presented in the book provides a key for a preliminary quantitative prediction of suitable extraction systems without experimentation, thus saving researchers time and resources.

Key Features

  • Analyzes and compares both classical and new competitive models and techniques
  • Offers a novel and unified competitive complexation / solvation theory that permits researchers to standardize some parameters, which decreases the need for experimentation at R&D
  • Presents examples of applications in multiple disciplines such as chemical, biochemical, radiochemical, pharmaceutical and analytical separation
  • Written by an outstanding scientist who is prolific in the field of separation science


Professionals, including post-docs, and post-graduate students in separation research.

University libraries in Chemisry, Radiochemistry, Biochemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Physical Chemistry, Chemical Technology, Pharmacy, and Hydrometallurgy;  Libraries of R&D Laboratories, Departments of Industrial Companies, involving in the development of separation and purification technologies in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Pharmaceutical Industry, and Hydrometallurgy; and Engineering Technological Institutions.

Table of Contents

Part I. Conventional (Classical) Principles and Practice of Solvent Extraction
Chapter 1 Conventional (Classical) Fundamental Principles of Solvent Extraction
Chapter 2. Principles of Solvent Extraction of Organic and Mineral Acids
Chapter 3. Chemistry of Metals Solvent Extraction 
Chapter 4. Engineering Development of Solvent Extraction Processes
Chapter 5. Examples of Application of Solvent Extraction Techniques in Chemical, Radiochemical, Biochemical, Pharmaceutical, Analytical Separations and Wastewater Treatment
Part II. Novel Competitive Complexation/Solvation Theory (CCST) of Solvent Extraction. Principles and Practice
Chapter 6. Backgrounds of the Competitive complexation/Solvation Theory (CCST) of Solvent Extraction
Chapter 7. Competitive Complexation/Solvation Theory (CCST) of Solvent Extraction: General Mechanisms and Kinetics
Chapter 8. CCST in Engineering Design, Procedures and Calculations
Chapter 9. The CCSt in Solvent  Extraction  of  Acids  by  Amine-Based Extractants
Chapter 10. Competitive Complexation/Solvation Theory (CCST) in Metal Solvent Extraction
Chapter 11. Final Remarks  on the Competitive Complexation/Solvation Theory of Solvent Extraction and its Application
Part III. Modern and Future Trends in Fundamentals and Applications of Solvent Extraction
Chapter 12. Modern and Future Trends in Fundamentals of Solvent Extraction
Chapter 13. Advances in Development of Solvents for Liquid-Liquid Extraction
Chapter 14. Recent Advances in Solvent Extraction Processes and Techniques


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About the author

Vladimir Kislik

Affiliations and Expertise

Retired Professor in Separation Science & Technology, Casali Institute of Applied Chemistry, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel