Journal of Membrane Science vol:330 issue:1-2 pages:80-89
Selective absorption into a liquid is a widespread method to separate and concentrate sulfur dioxide from gas emissions, reducing air pollution and environmental risks. Process intensification can be performed first by the substitution of the equipment (e.g. scrubbers) for a membrane device to avoid drops dragging, and second by the substitution of the absorption solvent (e.g. N,N-dimethylaniline) for ionic liquids to avoid solvent volatilization. According to this intensification, a zero solvent emission process has been developed.