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CO2: a wild solvent, tamed

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This article reviews approaches for modification of solvent properties of supercritical carbon dioxide (scCO2), with particular reference to self-assembly of oligomeric and polymeric solute additives. Of special interest are viscosity modifiers for scCO2 based on molecular self-assembly. Background on polymers and surfactants with CO2-compatible functionalities is covered, leading on to the attempts made so far to increase the scCO2 viscosity, which are described in detail. The significance of this field, and the implications a breakthrough could bring environmentally and economically will be addressed.

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The article was received on 03 Mar 2010, accepted on 21 Jun 2010 and first published on 20 Jul 2010


Article type: Perspective
DOI: 10.1039/C003856C
Citation: Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2011,13, 1276-1289
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    CO2: a wild solvent, tamed

    S. Cummings, K. Trickett, R. Enick and J. Eastoe, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2011, 13, 1276
    DOI: 10.1039/C003856C

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