Lyondell said TBAc also is a non-HAP (hazardous air pollutant) organic solvent that is expected to find widespread use in coatings, ink, adhesives, industrial cleaners, photo-resist strippers, and other formulated products. The company said the product offers broad solvency capabilities, an intermediate evaporation rate, low density and a flash point "well within accepted industry parameters."
Gail Kelly, Business Development manager for Lyondell, said numerous TBAc-based formulations have been developed in anticipation of the VOC exemption. "The solvent's broad utility and potential regulatory status have created an enormous amount of industry interest," she said. "We expect to see commercial applications for TBAc almost immediately."