Breakthrough in Greener Solutions
solvent systems which are recyclable and environmentally compatible have been
developed by researchers at the University of Leicester.
team, led by Drs Andy Abbott and David Davies, has developed a wide range of new
solvents made from bulk commodity materials such as
urea (a common fertiliser) and vitamin B4.
These have been studied extensively in recent years as they offer a
potentially clean way to carry out chemical processes.
They are non-volatile whilst liquid over a wide range of temperatures and
offer a benign alternative to, for example, some strong acids.
work has been carried out by the joint venture company, Scionix Ltd, set up by
the University with Genacys Ltd, a subsidiary of the Whyte Group Ltd.
is now marketing a range of these solvents for companies to test on their
novel liquids can be used for a variety of applications including metal
finishing, catalysis, batteries and metal reprocessing, to name but a few.
Further benefits include limited sensitivity to water, readily available
in large quantities and at comparable cost to many volatile organic solvents (VOS).
Abbott said “I think the unusual properties of these fluids combined with
their simplicity of manufacture will lead to their rapid adoption as
environmentally compatible solvents. For the first time we can subtly alter the
properties of a solvent to tailor it to a specific application”.
NOTE TO EDITORS:
More information can
be obtained from Dr Andy Abbott (email@example.com)
or Dr David Davies (firstname.lastname@example.org,), Scionix
Ltd, Chemistry Department, University of Leicester, Leicester, LE1 7RH.
Telephone 0116 252 2087/2092, Fax
0116 252 3789 (www.le.ac.uk/chemistry/lgcg).
contact Dr Gregor Rozenberg (email@example.com)
Genacys Limited, Marlborough House, 298 Regents Park Rd, Finchley, London N3
2UA, UK, Telephone 020 8371 3905 Fax
020 83713958 Mobile 07905 299 779.
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