A new Imerys adsorbent 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 adsorption and filtration functions, CynerSorb removes both soluble and insoluble impurities. This can significantly cut the amounts of adsorbent and bleaching clay that are used in refining.
"Some of our customers have reduced the amount of adsorbents they were using by at least 50%. That quickly adds up in savings," says Matt Jordan, 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 particle, which is highly adsorbent 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 adsorb glycerin, catalyst and trace metals as well as 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.