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CHEM21 selection guide of classical- and less classical-solvents

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  • Denis Prat
  • Andy Wells
  • John Hayler
  • Helen Sneddon
  • C. Robert McElroy
  • Sarah Abou-Shehada
  • Peter J. Dunn


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JournalGreen Chemistry
DatePublished - 13 Aug 2015
Issue number1
Number of pages9
Pages (from-to)288-296
Original languageEnglish


A selection guide of common solvents has been elaborated, based on a survey of publically available solvent selection guides. In order to rank less classical solvents, a set of Safety, Health and Environment criteria is proposed, aligned with the Global Harmonized System (GHS) and European regulations. A methodology based on a simple combination of these criteria gives an overall preliminary ranking of any solvent. This enables in particular a simplified greenness evaluation of bio-derived solvents.

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