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The Top Ten Effective Applications of Supercritical Fluids

June 29, 2011

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Phasex Corporation has developed a series of Top Ten Lists that provide interesting information and insight about supercritical fluids; this one is about Applications and we continue to Discover What's Possible.

  1. Medical Polymers - Residual monomers/by products are extracted near ambient temperature avoiding polymer degradation.
  2. Nutraceuticals (phytosterols, carotenoids, specialty oils) - Concentrated active fractions are produced with simple sequential pressure reduction eliminating multiple solvent/distillation steps.
  3. Implantable Tissue Scaffolds - Lubricants and surfactants are extracted without degradation of fiber networks.
  4. Titanium and Ceramic Implants - Machining oils and lubricants are removed from porous surfaces without the use of detergents.
  5. Reactive/heat labile compounds - Extraction of residual raw materials and by-products is accomplished near ambient temperature, eliminating possible reactions during high vacuum, high temperature wiped film evaporation.
  6. Omega-3 Oils (EPA, DHA, GLA) - Extraction from yeast, fungal, botanical substrates using CO2 eliminates regulatory, technical, and purity issues present with hexane/heptane solvent processes.
  7. Pharma and Agricultural Compounds - Nanoparticles are formed free of grinding media and surfactants.
  8. Biofuels - Solvent-free extraction of products from sustainable sources.
  9. High Performance Surfactants and Lubricants - Extraction of impurities and fractionation can tailor product properties and improve performance.
  10. Advanced Materials - Deposition of coatings onto surfaces and impregnation of APIs into porous substrates are accomplished with no diffusional limitations.

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