Supercritical Fluids: A Primer

Supercritical Fluids: A Primer

Every compound has a critical point: the temperature and pressure at which its liquid and vapor phases become identical. A gas at pressure and temperature conditions that are above its critical point is termed a supercritical fluid.

This primer, written by Phasex founder Val Krukonis, offers an introduction to supercritical fluids, from their early discovery as pressure-dependent solvents to their current state of operation in many diverse and industrially-important applications.

In this white paper:

  • Solubility in supercritical fluids
  • Implications of solubility in supercritical fluids
  • Operation of supercritical fluid extraction process
  • Industrial applications of supercritical fluid extraction
  • Purification of reactive monomers
  • Extraction/fractionation of polymers
  • Extraction of active components from botanical substrates
  • Supercritical fluids in non-extractive applications

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