Special Issue "Supercritical Fluid Extraction"
A special issue of Separations (ISSN 2297-8739).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 January 2018)
Dr. Beatriz P. Nobre
Centro de Química Estrutural, Instituto Superior Técnico, Lisbon University, Lisbon, Portugal
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Interests: Supercritical fluids (SCFs); Extraction, fractionation, purification and microencapsulation processes with SCFs and pressurized liquids, supercritical micronization of pharmaceuticals compounds. Use of SCFs for the valorization of biomass (from plants, microorganisms, industrial wastes/by-products) within biorefinery concept. Biological activity of natural compounds (anti-cancer).
This Special Issue is dedicated to supercritical fluid extraction (SFE) research. Supercritical fluids (SCFs) are a class of sustainable green solvents with a broad range of applications. From chemicals to food, nutraceutics, pharmaceutics or bioenergy SCFs have been widely used. The readily tunable solvent properties of SCFs together with the high-diffusivity, low viscosity and low surface tension makes them highly suitable and excellent solvents for extraction, fractionation and purification processes, allowing achieving high yield, high efficiency and good selectivity.
Extraction of added-value compounds from natural sources is a prominent subject on today’s agenda. Market and consumers demand, together with international policies/regulations, increased industrial interest in natural bioactive compounds. SFE of these added-value compounds from natural sources, such as plants, microorganisms (e.g. microalgae, yeasts, fungi and bacteria) or agro-industrial/food/crop wastes is therefore hot topic and a major subject for R&D.
This Special Issue aims to disseminate the latest research regarding SFE. Authors are invited to present contributions related, but not limited, to SFE, fractionation and purification processes. Moreover, papers concerning a combination of SFE and other industrial processes are also encouraged. I hope that the topics included will reflect the high potential of SFE as an alternative green process.
Dr. Beatriz P. Nobre
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- Supercritical Fluid extraction
- Supercritical CO2
- Supercritical Fluid Cromatography
- Natural Products
- Bioactive compounds