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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2012, 13(7), 8615-8627; doi:10.3390/ijms13078615

Green Extraction of Natural Products: Concept and Principles

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1 Université Avignon et des Pays de Vaucluse, INRA, UMR408, Avignon 84000, France 2 Dipartimento di Scienza e Tecnologia del Farmaco, Università di Torino, via P. Giuria 9, Torino 10125, Italy
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Received: 21 May 2012 / Revised: 20 June 2012 / Accepted: 25 June 2012 / Published: 11 July 2012
(This article belongs to the Section Green Chemistry)
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The design of green and sustainable extraction methods of natural products is currently a hot research topic in the multidisciplinary area of applied chemistry, biology and technology. Herein we aimed to introduce the six principles of green-extraction, describing a multifaceted strategy to apply this concept at research and industrial level. The mainstay of this working protocol are new and innovative technologies, process intensification, agro-solvents and energy saving. The concept, principles and examples of green extraction here discussed, offer an updated glimpse of the huge technological effort that is being made and the diverse applications that are being developed.
Keywords: green extraction; alternative solvents; innovative process; natural products green extraction; alternative solvents; innovative process; natural products
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Chemat, F.; Vian, M.A.; Cravotto, G. Green Extraction of Natural Products: Concept and Principles. Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2012, 13, 8615-8627.

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