SUPREX CORPORATION WILL PERFORM TECHNICAL FEASIBILITY RESEARCH ON THE USE OF SUPERCRITICAL FLUIDS TO SEPARATE NATURALLY OCCURRING COLORING AND FLAVORING PIGMENTS FROM THEIR BOTANICAL SOURCES.

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Health and Human Services
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$50,000.00
Award Year:
1984
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
n/a
Award Id:
1498
Agency Tracking Number:
1498
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
6101 Penn Mall, Suite 300, Pittsburgh, PA, 15206
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
RAYMOND K. HOUCK
PRESIDENT
() -
Business Contact:
() -
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
SUPREX CORPORATION WILL PERFORM TECHNICAL FEASIBILITY RESEARCH ON THE USE OF SUPERCRITICAL FLUIDS TO SEPARATE NATURALLY OCCURRING COLORING AND FLAVORING PIGMENTS FROM THEIR BOTANICAL SOURCES. SUPERCRITICAL FLUID TECHNOLOGY IS AN INNOVATION THAT SUBSTITUTES COMPRESSED GASES, AT PRESSURES AND TEMPERATURES ABOVE THEIR THERMODYNAMIC CRITICAL POINTS, FOR LIQUID PHASE SOLVENTS. IN THIS PHYSICAL STATE, COMPRESSED GASES HAVE THE SOLVATING POWER OF COMMON LIQUID SOLVENTS, BUT RETAIN THE MASS TRANSFER AND DIFFUSION PROPERTIES OF A GAS. SUPERCRITICAL FLUIDS ARE SUPERIOR SOLVENTS FOR ANALYZING AND PURIFYING A WIDE RANGE OF ORGANIC AND BIOLOGICAL PRODUCTS. CURRENTLY USED SYNTHETIC FOOD COLORANTS, SUCH AS FD&C RED NO. 40, ARE SUSPECTED CARCINOGENS. NATURAL RED COLORANTS ARE A POTENTIAL ALTERNATIVE; HOWEVER CURRENT TECHNOLOGY FOR THE ISOLATION OF THESE COLORANTS INVOLVES EXTRACTION WITH HARMFUL ORGANIC SOLVENTS SUCH AS HEXANE, METHANOL, METHYLENE CHLORIDE, AND ACETONE. THE APPLICATION OF SUPERCRITICAL FLUID EXTRACTION FOR THIS PURPOSE COULD PROVIDE AN ALTERNATIVE SUPPLY OF PURE, SOLVENT-FREE, NON-CARCINOGENIC NATURAL COLORING AND FLAVORING COMPOUNDS FOR FOOD PRODUCTS. SUPREX WILL TEST ANTHOCYANIN-CONTAINING BOTANICALS TO DETERMINE THE EXTRACTABILITY OF THEIR PIGMENT COMPONENTS WITH SUPERCRITICAL CARBON DIOXIDE. THE EFFECT OF NUMBER OF EXPERIMENTAL PARAMETERS ON EXTRACTION RATE WILL BE STUDIED AND EXTRACTED PIGMENTS WILL BE TESTED FOR COLOR VALUE AND COMPOSITION.

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