Measurement of oxygen transfer from air into organic solvents: Oxygen transfer from air into organic solvents

Hemalata Ramesh, Torsten Mayr, Mathias Hobisch, Sergey Borisov, Ingo Klimant, Ulrich Krühne, John M Woodley

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Background:The use of non-aqueous organic media is becoming increasingly important in many biotechnological applications in order to achieve process intensification. Such media can be used for example to directly extract poorly water-soluble toxic products from fermentations. Likewise many biological reactions require the supply of oxygen, most normally from air. However, reliable on-line measurements of oxygen concentration in organic solvents (and hence oxygen transfer rates from air to the solvent) has to date proven impossible due limitations in the current analytical methods.
Results For the first time, we demonstrate on-line oxygen measurements in non-aqueous media using a novel optical sensor. The sensor was used to measure oxygen concentration in various organic solvents including toluene, THF, isooctane, DMF, heptane and hexane (which have all been shown suitable for several biological applications). Subsequently, we measured the oxygen transfer rates from air into these organic solvents.
Conclusion The measurement of oxygen transfer rates from air into organic solvents using the dynamic method was established using the solvent resistant optical sensor. The feasibility of online oxygen measurements in organic solvents has also been demonstrated, paving the way for new opportunities in process control.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Chemical Technology and Biotechnology
Issue number3
Pages (from-to)832–836
Number of pages21
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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  • Optical sensor
  • Organic solvents
  • oxygen transfer


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