Chemistry discovery may revolutionize cooking oil production

Monday, March 29, 2010 - 12:14 in Physics & Chemistry

A chemistry professor has invented a special solvent that may make cooking oil production more environmentally friendly. He has created a solvent that -- when combined with carbon dioxide -- extracts oil from soybeans. Industries currently make cooking oils using hexane, a cheap, flammable solvent that is a neurotoxin and creates smog. The process also involves distillation, which uses large amounts of energy.

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