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The solubility of gaseous carbon dioxide (CO2) in a solvent and the rate of its dissolution critically impact a broad range of applications in: carbon management, medicine, geophysics and chemical synthesis. Examples of applications in which CO2 acts as a solute include the sequestration of CO2 in liquids, the development of blood substitutes with high gas solubilities, the use of microscale CO2 bubbles for contrast enhancement in biomedical imaging, the role of dissolved CO2 in the carbon balance of the oceans, etc.
Using IRDQ’s partners laboratories , Prof. Axel Guenther at the University of Toronto developed the first automated microfluidic platform for the combined study of CO2 dissolution and solubility in different physical solvents. The microfabricated chip produces results about 300 times faster than typical large scale methods.
 Milad Abolhasani, Mayank Singh, Eugenia Kumachevab, Axel Günther, Lab Chip,12, 1611-1618 (2012)
Pr. A. Guenther (University of Toronto)