Supercritical Fluid Extraction and Chromatography of Softwood Plants Oils

This project will be with ANPI Canada Inc., a Canadian company focused on essential oil extract from softwood in Bolton, Ontario. Presently, ANPI uses various extraction techniques for isolation of essential oils particularly cedar oil from cedar leaves, branches, and mulch. These essential oils have applications in the food, nutraceutical, cosmetic, and pharmaceutical industries. ANPI have found that their current extraction methods do not provide a suitable yield of essential oil as well as high purity of active components of oil. This project will investigate the supercritical fluid extraction and chromatography process of softwood plants essential oil such as cedar, pine and cypress using CO2 within different range of temperatures and pressures. Effect of extraction time, modifier amount and flow rate will be investigated for development and optimization of the extraction and chromatography process. TO BE CONT’D

Faculty Supervisor:

Paul Charpentier


Raziye Samimihaghgozar


Anpi Canada


Engineering - chemical / biological


Environmental industry


Western University



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