Solvents

Solvent usage in the pharmaceutical industry

There are various reasons for using organic solvents including: mixing (mass transport/phases); selectivity; reaction rate; scalability; safety (exotherm control); isolation; and cleaning.  In the video below Denis Prat explains why the pharmaceutical industry uses high quantities of solvents and descibes the impact of solvents on the greenness of an Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient (API) synthesis.