Lead has been extracted from chloride solutions into kerosene containing excess di(2-ethylhexyl)phosphoric acid, using various concentrations of metal and extractant. Extraction proceeded readily, but the results indicated that 1.6 hydrogen ions were exchanged per atom of lead extracted, rather than 2.0 as would be expected for a divalent metal ion. Extraction was unaffected by metal concentration over the range studied (0.1-1.0 g l-1), and the results were highly consistent. The unique log D vs. pH relation allowed simple collection of data for contact stage evaluation by rearrangement of the familiar solvent extraction equations and use of empirically derived constants. An S-shaped extraction isotherm resulted, which limits the ease with which aqueous lead concentrations may be reduced by extraction with di(2-ethylhexyl)phosphoric acid. © 1985.
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