Advanced Cleaning Chemistry Approved by the EPA

With this approval, the new material now can be offered for sale in almost every country in the world.

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After years of research and regulatory reviews involving numerous federal agencies, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, through its SNAP process, approved in July the commercialization of the new molecule from Chemours (ex-DuPont) optimized for critical cleaning. With this approval, the new material now can be offered for sale in almost every country in the world.

The specific molecule is “methoxytridecafluoroheptene” (MPHE). It will be marketed under the trade name Vertrel Sion by Chemours. MicroCare is the authorized source for Chemours fluids in many parts of the world. MicroCare made the first commercial shipments of drums and pails of these fluids to customers in the U.S. this month.

Tom Tattersall, MicroCare executive V.P. and COO, sees this as a breakthrough. “We’re thrilled that the last regulatory hurdle finally has been cleared. Vertrel Sion fluids will help companies clean better, faster, less expensively and with the lowest GWP environmental profile than any current technology. We are confident it will become the preferred replacement chemistry for nPB, TCE, HCFCs and high cost HFE precision cleaners.”

Nonflammable MPHE is in the HFO family of chemistries. This new fluid is approved for use in vapour degreasers, in aerosol dispensers and in adhesive applications. In terms of cleaning performance and handling, it replaces trichloroethylene, perchloroethylene, n-propyl bromide (nPB), HCFC-225, alcohol, acetone, MEK and other fluids where maximum cleaning power is needed.