Development of zero VOC solvents based on organic carbonate compounds

major contributor to smog formation is the release of volatile chemicals which are emitted from many sources including automobile exhaust and consumer products. To combat the adverse effects smog has on air quality in North America, agencies such as Environment and Climate Change (Canada) and the Environmental Protection Agency (United States) enforce limits on the types and amounts of chemicals used in industrial applications and consumer products. Replacing chemicals that are known to contribute heavily to smog formation, with environmentally friendly chemicals are highly sought after targets. Mineral spirits are a widely prevalent chemical in consumer products and industrial processes that contributes significantly to VOC emissions. We propose to work with TBF Environmental to develop an environmentally friendly alternative to mineral spirits, which will reduce harmful smog emissions when used in place of mineral spirits.

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Joseph Clarkson
Faculty Supervisor: 
Laurel Schafer
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British Columbia
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