Green Solvents is a simple reference-card app that provides information about the environmental properties of common solvents.

Overview

Main List

Detail

Summary

Overview


Green Solvents is an app that provides a reference list of solvents, with auxiliary information about their health, safety and environmental malignancy, and features for looking them up online. The source data is derived from the solvent selection guide provided by the ACS Green Chemical Institute Pharmaceutical Roundtable. Background information about the app's genesis can be found here. The app is available for free, and is supported by advertisements.

Main List


The main view shows a scrollable list of solvents, which are organised into several categories: acids, alcohols, aromatics, bases, dipolar aprotics, esters, ethers, halogenated solvents, hydrocarbons and ketones. Within each category is a group of structures, which are colour-coded according to their environmental properties: solvents with the greatest disposal/pollution problems are brown, and those that present less of a problem are green:

Detail


Tapping on any of the solvents bring up a detail view. For example, benzene presents a very serious health risk, but it is relatively easy to dispose of:

Sulfolane, on the other hand, presents a nasty waste disposal problem:

Five properties are rated on a scale of 1 to 10, where 1 is for most benign and 10 is for most toxic/hazardous. The safety and health properties refer to issues relating to handling the solvent, while the three environmental properties (air, water, waste) refer to environmental issues that arise during the lifetime of the solvent.

More information about the solvent can be obtained by tapping the ChemSpider icon on the bottom left, or the Mobile Reagents icon on the bottom right.

Summary


Green Solvents is a very simple app which makes relevant information conveniently available. Links to additional resources are available when more detail is required.

See Also


Lab Solvents, Mobile Molecular DataSheet (iOS), Products