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Greener Solvent Alternatives

The products we create help our customers improve people‘s lives every day, but we recognize that
every product we make also has an environmental impact. That‘s why we are committed to continually
improving the sustainability performance of our products and adopting a greener chemical process.
Our latest advances in green chemistry include: 2-Methyltetrahydrofuran (Methyl THF), Cyclopentyl
methyl ether (CPME) and Ethyl lactate.

2-Methyltetrahydrofuran (Methyl THF)

2-Methyltetrahydrofuran is a greener alternative to dichloromethane and tetrahydrofuran.
It is derived from renewable resources such as corncobs and sugarcane bagasse.

Benefits

  • Produced from renewable sources
  • Reliable availability (supply risk uncoupled from petrochemical production)
  • Less solvent needed due to more eficient extraction and higher reaction yields
  • Lower volatility, higher lash point and easy drying increase user safety
  • Limited miscibility in water reduces waste stream
  • Low heat vaporization saves energy and reduces solvent loss

 

Ethyl lactate

Ethyl lactate is a safer and more sustainable alternative to ethyl acetate and acetone.
It is an ester of natural L-lactic acid, which is produced by fermentation of sugar.

Benefits

  • Increased user safety due to less toxicity (non-carcinogenic)
  • No waste due to 100 % biodegradability
  • Easy to recycle
  • Non-corrosive
  • Environmentally friendly as non-ozone depleting

 

Cyclopentyl methyl ether (CPME)

Cyclopentyl methyl ether is a greener substitute for tetrahydrofuran, tert-butyl methyl ether, 1,4 dioxane and other ether solvents.

Benefits

  • Resistance to peroxide formation improves laboratory safety
  • Economical, 100 % atomic catalytic reaction with no waste and high recovery rate
  • One-step reaction saves energy and reduces waste water
  • More stable than tetrahydrofuran
  • Safer for users due to easy drying of solvent
  • More hydrophobic solvent increases yields and selectivity
  • Limited miscibility in water reduces waste stream
  • Reduced reaction times due to higher boiling point than tetrahydrofuran
  • Low heat vaporization saves energy and reduces solvent loss

 

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