In our discussion group, my friend mentioned that metal cations can be separated from other cations in solution using cryptands. After addition of the cryptands to the solution of the cations, chelation of the cations takes place and since the complexes formed are more soluble in organic solvent, addition of an organic solvent to this resultant solution would allow these complexes to be migrate to the organic layer. The organic layer can then be decanted and the metal ions have now been separated successfully from the aqueous solution. This was my friend's proposal.
From hearing this, I quickly thought of the possibility of creating a negatively-charged solution. By applying the method of using cryptands which my friend has proposed to separating sodium ions from a solution of sodium chloride, wouldn't the remaining chloride ions in solution give the resultant solution an overall negative charge? This led me to think that there must be something wrong with his idea as this should not be able to occur, based on my instinct. However, I do not know exactly how to refute my friend, to say his proposal does not work. Thus, I would like to ask if anyone knows the reason why my friend's method would not work.