"Green Solvents" (supercritical fluids, ionic liquids) for the selective extraction of bioactive molecules and biopolymers from vegetable matrices and microbial cells

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The use of "green solvents" such as supercritical fluids (FS) in the selective extraction of biologically active molecules and biopolymers is one of the most important challenges in the downstream processes of bio-industry. The FSs are used as an eco-sustainable alternativse for the extraction and manipulation of biodegradable polymers (specifically polyhydroxyalkanoates, PHA) as an alternative to chlorinated solvents, as well as for the extraction of substances with high added value such as substances with antioxidant activity from vegetable biomasses and from industrial processing waste.

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