Opportunities for bio-based solvents created as petrochemical and fuel products transition towards renewable resources

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© 2015 by the authors; licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. The global bio-based chemical market is growing in size and importance. Bio-based solvents such as glycerol and 2-methyltetrahydrofuran are often discussed as important introductions to the conventional repertoire of solvents. However adoption of new innovations by industry is typically slow. Therefore it might be anticipated that neoteric solvent systems (e.g., ionic liquids) will remain niche, while renewable routes to historically established solvents will continue to grow in importance. This review discusses bio-based solvents from the perspective of their production, identifying suitable feedstocks, platform molecules, and relevant product streams for the sustainable manufacturing of conventional solvents.

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Clark, J. H., Farmer, T. J., Hunt, A. J., & Sherwood, J. (2015, July 28). Opportunities for bio-based solvents created as petrochemical and fuel products transition towards renewable resources. International Journal of Molecular Sciences. MDPI AG. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijms160817101

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