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Industry Overview:

Almost any everyday liquid product you can think of makes use of a solvent as its primary ingredient. Solvents are the structures that hold solutions together, binding the chemicals together in a consistent final product. Water is the most common solvent, partially because it is by and far the most common natural solvent. However, solvents come in all shapes and forms: polar protic, polar aprotic, and non-polar; hydrocarbon, oxygenated, and halogenated; paraffinic, esters, and alcohols.

Glycol ether ester prevents spray paint from drying in mid-air; ethanol binds perfume fragrances without overly influencing the smell with its own aroma; butyl acetate purifies penicillin; and toluene evaporates quickly from ink, allowing it to dry quickly enough to prevent smudging. Wiper fluid, dry cleaning, cough syrup, and cosmetics are just a few examples of products that rely on solvents.

Common Applications:

  • Solvents – oxygenated, hydrocarbon, halogenerated, etc.
  • Non-polar, polar aprotic, polar protic solvents
  • Formulating, reformulating
  • Solvent performance
  • Coupling and solvency
  • Shelf stability
  • Alcohols, ketones, esters, ethers, etc.
  • Safety, health
  • Environmental regulation, sustainability, etc.


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