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Bio-based solvent awarded prestigious international award

Posted on 27 June 2017

A bio-based solvent developed in the Green Chemistry labs has been awarded a prestigious international award for innovation.

Professor James Clark with Dr Jeff Eaves, General Manager of Circa

Cyrene is a renewably sourced, safe replacement for several widely-used petroleum-derived solvents,  recently identified by the EU as being toxic and which will have severely restricted future use.  

The product recently picked up the ‘Bio-based Innovation of the Year’ award at a ceremony held at the University of Amsterdam.

The panel of expert judges described Cyrene as “truly innovative” and a “major breakthrough.”

Cyrene was developed by Circa in conjunction with Professor James Clark’s team at the Green Chemistry Centre of Excellence at the University of York and leading life science and biotechnology company Sigma-Aldrich.

Professor Clark said: “The Cyrene story is barely four years old, yet it has already led to the first pilot plant in Tasmania producing one tonne of the new product per week.

“It has featured in several publications and resulted in several patents; research funding from industry and the EU and now this international prize. It’s a great example of how we can move quickly from invention to commercialisation.”

“Since these toxic solvents are used in applications ranging from the manufacture of pharmaceuticals to the preparation of advanced materials like graphene, the potential for Cyrene is vast and covers established and new industries.”

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