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REnewable SOLVEnts with high performance in applications and improved toxicity profiles


Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI-JU): a partnership between the EU and the Bio-based Industries Consortium (BIC). 3 year project (June 2017-November 2020).

Research Team

Professor James Clark, Dr Thomas Farmer, Dr James Sherwood, Dr Fergal Byrne

External Collaborators

The project is a joint collaboration between the University of York (co-ordinating organisation) and 10 project partners. 


ReSolve sets out to replace two hazardous solvents – toluene and NMP (N-methyl-2-pyrrolidone) – with safer alternatives derived from non-food carbohydrates. These new solvents will omit parts of the molecular structure that cause toxicity. The new, safer solvents will have a wide range of applications; project ReSolve will also demonstrate their sustainability, low health impact and high application performance.

These bio-based solvents will allow Europe’s solvent industry to avoid the negative economic impact of the regulatory restrictions on the use of hazardous solvents. The impact of this research is relevant to thousands of downstream businesses and consumers, whilst reducing the health impact on millions of European citizens that are routinely exposed to solvents as part of their job.

A diagram summarising the Resolve project.

In addition, ReSolve intends to create a pipeline of new solvent candidates offering substitution options for other hazardous solvents in the near future.

Further information is available from the project website:

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