Special Issue "Supercritical Fluids"


A special issue of Materials (ISSN 1996-1944).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 March 2010)

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Ernesto Reverchon
University of Salerno, Department of Chemical and Food Engineering, Via Ponte Don Melillo 1, 84084 Fisciano (SA), Italy
E-Mail: ereverchon@unisa.it
Interests: related to supercritical fluids applications; in details: extraction; fractionation; microparticles and nanoparticles generation; emulsions; membranes and scaffolds

Guest Editor
Dr. Iolanda De Marco
University of Salerno, Department of Chemical and Food Engineering, Via Ponte Don Melillo 1, 84084 Fisciano (SA), Italy
E-Mail: idemarco@unisa.it
Interests: supercritical carbon dioxide; supercritical antisolvent micronization; supercritical extraction; supercritical impregnation

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This special issue is intended to give an overview of supercritical fluid (SCF) applications in materials science.

A supercritical fluid is any substance at a temperature and pressure above its critical point. It shows a gas-like diffusivity and a liquid-like density; therefore, it can substitute organic solvents in a wide range of processes. Carbon dioxide and water are the most commonly used supercritical fluids.

Several processes using supercritical fluids have been proposed and, in some cases, applied to industrial scale, like, for example:

  • Supercritical extraction and fractionation for food and pharmaceutical products
  • Micro and nanoparticles (single or composite) production in pharmaceutical, nutraceutical, cosmetic and biomedical fields
  • Micro and nanoemulsions
  • Polymer applications like membranes, foams and scaffolds production or polymers synthesis, modification and recycling
  • Reactions in supercritical media
  • Inorganic or organic aerogels impregnation
    Nanostructured inorganic and metallic materials processing for catalysis, electronics and optics

We expect contributions to this special issue prevalently in these areas with the aim to set the state of the art and to promote research and industrial development in this field.

Iolanda De Marco, Ph. D.
Prof. Dr. Ernesto Reverchon
Guest Editors


  • supercritical carbon dioxide
  • supercritical water
  • microparticles
  • nanoparticles
  • emulsions
  • supercritical reactions
  • nanostructured materials

Published Papers (2 papers)

by ,  and
Materials 2010, 3(5), 3188-3203; doi:10.3390/ma3053188
Received: 29 March 2010; in revised form: 27 April 2010 / Accepted: 6 May 2010 / Published: 11 May 2010
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by  and
Materials 2010, 3(7), 3794-3817; doi:10.3390/ma3073794
Received: 2 June 2010; in revised form: 17 June 2010 / Accepted: 21 June 2010 / Published: 25 June 2010
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