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The end of SFE and SFC? December 9, 2009

Posted by fetzthechemist in Uncategorized.

With the US EPA declaring that carbon dioxide is a hazardous xhemical, due to its effect on global warming, will the areas of supercritical fluid extraction (SFE) and chromatography (SFC) be doomed? I think it will be a lot harder to get tanks of CO2. Then the vented gascan no longer just go into the air. It will have to be trapped or scrubbed out. Those incumberances will make the economics and ease of doing SFE and SFC less viable. The two techniques have had their niches and are very useful in them, the best alternatives in many cases. But that will change and the heyday of the two, I think, is past.



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