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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2015, 16(8), 17101-17159; doi:10.3390/ijms160817101

Opportunities for Bio-Based Solvents Created as Petrochemical and Fuel Products Transition towards Renewable Resources

Green Chemistry Centre of Excellence, Department of Chemistry, University of York, Heslington, York YO10 5DD, UK
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Received: 22 June 2015 / Revised: 16 July 2015 / Accepted: 17 July 2015 / Published: 28 July 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Green Chemistry and the Biorefinery)

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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. View Full-Text
Keywords: bio-based solvent; biomass; bio-refinery; green solvent; platform molecules bio-based solvent; biomass; bio-refinery; green solvent; platform molecules
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Clark, J.H.; Farmer, T.J.; Hunt, A.J.; Sherwood, J. Opportunities for Bio-Based Solvents Created as Petrochemical and Fuel Products Transition towards Renewable Resources. Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2015, 16, 17101-17159.

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