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Elixore- Alphatic diluents dedicated to hydrometallurgy (SW-EW)​

​Metal extraction diluents​

Considering both environmental responsibility and cost efficiency, hydrometallurgy is the preferred route for extracting metals from ores and other sources.

The ELIXORE range offers a comprehensive choice of perfectly inert, colorless and odorless diluents with ultra-low aromatic content.


Key features

  • High flashpoint
  • Narrow distillation range
  • Low viscosity
  • Low pour points
  • Ultra low aromatic contents

Each product is tailored to provide the optimal balance between desired level of efficacy (viscosity) and necessary level of operator safety (high flashpoint). 

Thus, ensuring optimal performance in terms of operator safety, process efficacy and reliability. 

Their outstanding properties make them prime choice diluents in SOLVENT EXTRACTION (SX-EW) of valuable and sensitive metals such as Copper, Zinc, Cobalt, Nickel, Uranium, Rare Earth Metals and Lithium (new). 



Key benefits


Environment Friendly

  • Readily biodegradable according to OECD guidelines
  • Low Volatile Organic Carbon (VOC) emissions

Unmatched Health Benefits

  • Safer for operators on Mixer Settlers
  • Not classified as carcinogenic, mutagenic or reprotoxic (CMR)
  • Not classified as a substance with acute or chronic toxicity
  • Extremely low vapor pressure ensures very low odor and fume emissions


  • Equivalent or superior performance v/s classical aromatic diluents in terms of:
    • Extraction Efficiency
    • Average Phase Separation Times
    • Maximum metal loading

Less Evaporation Loss

  • Lowest evaporation rate among products of same viscosity and flash point range
  • Less evaporation → lower diluent consumption → cost savings

Less Crud Formation

  • With no aromatics, Elixore is inert to oxidation, thus degradation
  • Less degradation → less crud formation → bigger change interval → low operational cost
Elixore 205
after acid + oxidant
6 months degradation

Aromatic >15%
diluent after acid + oxidant
6 months degradation



The Elixore range matches classical aromatic diluents in terms of performance while they exceed significantly in other aspects such as health, safety, evaporation losses and product degradation. This can enormously impact the total cost of ownership (TCO) leading to up to 20% of savings annually.

For more, check out the product page on ​TotalEnergies special fluids website



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