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REnewable SOLVEnts with high performance in applications and improved toxicity profiles

Three-year project looking for alternatives to substances categorised as very high concern.

ReSolve, a €4.3 million EU project focused on replacing traditional, fossil-based solvents, with safer bio-based ones, was officially launched on 15th June 2017. Led by the University of York, the project consortium is comprised of 11 partners from 5 countries and is due to finish in May 2020.

The project is set to demonstrate production of novel alternatives to replace the hazardous conventional solvents toluene and N-methyl-2-pyrrolidone (NMP), create an additional pipeline of bio-based solvents, establish a toxicological safety testing strategy and evaluate possible production processes of the most advanced bio-based solvent candidates, benchmarked against these conventional solvents.

The project runs under the umbrella of the Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI-JU), which is a public-private partnership between the European Commission and the Bio-based Industries Consortium (BIC). ReSolve answers the call for “Bio-based alternatives to improve protection of human health and the environment.”