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Particles of a magnetic material coated with a hydro- phobic surfactant are dispersed in an organic solvent extractant to produce a magnetic solvent extractant which can be used in solvent extraction processes. Phase separation of an organic phase, carrying the component to be separated, from the aqueous phase can be accelerated by applying a magnetic field to the organic phase. After removal of the organic phase, a magnetic field can be applied to the aqueous phase to remove any residual organic phase and thereby enhance the degree of separation.
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Hwang, Jiann-Yang, "Magnetic solvent extraction" (1991). Michigan Tech Patents. 63.