A new Imerys absorbent that can remove a wide range of contaminants - from soaps to metals to non-hydratable phospholipids - is set to cut the costs of industrial purification.
Combining absorption and filtration functions, CynerSorb removes
both soluble and insoluble impurities. This can significantly cut the amounts
of absorbent and bleaching clay that are used in refining.
"Some of our customers have reduced the amount of absorbents they
were using by at least 50%. That quickly adds up in savings," says Robert
Gonzalez, marketing and business development manager for Imerys' Filtration
Division. Further savings come from the longer filtration cycles made possible
by the physical structure of the CynerSorb molecule, which is highly absorbent
but which does not lower the flow rate.
CynerSorb can be used in the purification of
oleochemicals, biodiesel, and edible oils. It is able to absorb glycerins,
moisture, and other soluble impurities. Once CynerSorb has attracted
and captured these impurities, they can be removed by filtration.
Imerys is now looking to develop its product line to cater to the
purification needs of a wider range of industries.