What Is Supercritical CO2?
Carbon dioxide is in its supercritical fluid state when both the temperature and pressure equal or exceed the critical point of 31°C and 73 atm (see diagram). In its supercritical state, CO2 has both gas-like and liquid-like qualities, and it is this dual characteristic of supercritical fluids that provides the ideal conditions for extracting compounds with a high degree of recovery in a short period of time.
CO2 Phase Diagram
By controlling or regulating pressure and temperature, the density, or solvent strength, of supercritical fluids
can be altered to simulate organic solvents ranging from chloroform to methylene chloride to hexane. This dissolving
power can be applied to purify, extract, fractionate, infuse, and recrystallize a wide array of materials.
Because CO2 is non-polar, a polar organic co-solvent (or modifier) can be added to the supercritical fluid for processing polar compounds. By controlling the level of pressure/temperature/modifier, supercritical CO2 can
dissolve a broad range of compounds, both polar and non-polar.
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Supercritical Fluids (SCF) Education
As thought-leaders in the world of Supercritical Fluids, Applied Separations strikes to share its knowledge and experience to further the use of Supercricial Fluids.
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Supercritical Fluids will revolutionize the debinding process.
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