The fall, 2019, Greener Solutions graduate course took on two difficult challenges in the last semester: replacing or reducing the use of two very common and effective chemicals used in manufacturing. The first, dimethylformamide (DMF) is used as a solvent in the production of polyurethane-based synthetic leather used in footwear. Partner Nike was seeking to explore drop-in replacements as well as other manufacturing line interventions. The second, the (meth)acrylate group of chemicals are used often as effective and reliable cross-linkers in photo-polymerized stereolithography (SLA) resins. The US EPA Region 9 was seeking innovative alternatives as part of a Pollution Prevention (P2) project being pursued by BCGC, the non-profit Northwest Green Chemistry, and individual partners Dr. Justin Bours of Cradle2Cradle and Professor Jeremy Faludi of TU Delft. The teams presented their final recommendations to partners and the public on December 10. Their presentations, slide decks and final reports can be viewed in the Greener Solutions 2019 tab on this website.
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