Journal article

The use of environmentally sustainable bio-derived solvents in solvent extraction applications-A review

Z Li, KH Smith, GW Stevens

Chinese Journal of Chemical Engineering | Elsevier | Published : 2016


© 2015 Elsevier B.V. Replacement of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) by greener or more environmentally sustainable solvents is becoming increasingly important due to the increasing health and environmental concerns as well as economic pressures associated with VOCs. Solvents that are derived from biomass, namely bio-derived solvents, are a type of green solvent that have attracted intensive investigations in recent years because of their advantages over conventional VOCs, such as low toxicity, biodegradability and renewability. This review aims to summarize the use of bio-derived solvents in solvent extraction applications, with special emphasis given to utilization of biodiesels and terpe..

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Awarded by Australian Research Council

Funding Acknowledgements

Support from the Australian Research Council (project ID: LP140100650) and the Particulate Fluids Processing Centre is acknowledged. Zheng Li is grateful for financial support from the China Scholarship Council.