The SFT-150 Supercritical Fluid Extractor (SFE) was developed to investigate the application of supercritical fluid techniques to processing applications such as the extractions of peppermint flavor from peppermint leaves. The traditional peppermint extraction technique, steam distillation, produces a thermally degraded peppermint oil extract. This process, on the other hand, yields an extract of pure peppermint oil, because the peppermint is extracted under much gentler conditions than traditional methods. Pure peppermint oil has a stronger, fresher, and more unique taste than thermally degraded peppermint oil. The unit is a research-capable instrument, designed to perform extractions in a supercritical fluid media. The modular design makes it easy and cost effective to alter the unit’s basic configuration, adapting it to meet new or evolving application needs.
Supercritical Fluid Technologies, Inc., www.supercriticalfluids.com