Rhodiasolv® IRIS

Eco-friendly solvent

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Rhodiasolv® IRIS is an innovative oxygenated solvent with excellent eco-friendly properties, designed for various applications such as industrial cleaning, resin clean-up, foundry resins, paint stripping , paints and coatings formulations.

This innovative solvent is non toxic, readily biodegradable, non flammable and a low VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) solvent in relation to EU legislation (1999/13/EC).

Customers' challenges

Industrials companies are looking for a new solvent to answer to vital criteria relating to increasing legislation and environmental requirements, while offering a cost effective solution.

Features and benefits

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Rhodiasolv® IRIS offers formulators an eco-friendly solvent combining cost effectiveness and environmental respect.

  • Safe to use 
The product has a high flash point of 98°C and high boiling point (222-224°C), which make it non flammable and allow use over a varied temperature scale. Rhodiasolv® IRIS is easily manipulated, due to its non-toxic and non-irritant properties.

Solvay has developed this oxygenated solvent to be low VOC according to EU directive 1999/13/EC; US legislation (CARB/ EPA 40FR 59.203(f)1) which confers on the product an excellent environmental profile.

  • An “Eco-friendly” solvent 
Rhodiasolv® IRIS is readily biodegradable and non flammable and non toxic. This makes it a viable alternative to solvents such as methylene chloride or NMP (N-Methylpyrrolidone).

  • A powerful solution 
It also has high solvency power, and effective solubilization for a wide range of resin, oil, greases and paints. This makes Rhodiasolv® IRIS a powerful new alternative to existing solvent for applications such as resin clean-up, graffiti removal and paint stripping.

  • A cost efficient solvent 
Rhodiasolv® IRIS evaporates at a much lower rate than solvents such as acetone. The formulator will need to use less Rhodiasolv® IRIS for similar applications. The usage rate, together with lower flammability, makes Rhodiasolv® IRIS a cost-efficient alternative.

  • A registered solvent in many countries 
Rhodiasolv® IRIS is registered in Europe, USA, Australia, South Korea and Japan. This registration allows Solvay to produce and license the solvent in those countries. 


Rhodiasolv® IRIS is a green solvent, ideal for use in formulating industrial cleaning products, paint and coating formulations, products for graffiti removal and paint stripping, as well as foundry resins and resin clean-up.

  • Paint Strippers/Graffiti Removal
  • Vessel and Tank Cleaning for resin producers and paint formulators
  • Low toxicity
  • Non-flammable, safe
  • Excellent environmental profile
  • Methylene Chloride
  • NMP
  • Toluene, Xylene
FOUNDRYFondry resins for cores and molds. Rhodlasolv® IRISis the polar solvent used for the phenolic and urethane components (cold box technology)
  • Low toxicity
  • Non-flammable, safe
  • Excellent environmental profile
  • Toluene, Xylene
  • Isophorone
  • DMSO

Rhodlasolv® IRIS is an alternative to traditional solvents used to clean parts, tools and equipment:

  • FRP (Fibre Reinforced Plastics)
  • PU injection molds
  • Plastics Manufacture & Processing Equipment
  • Degreasing
  • Worker and user safety
  • Low environmental impact
  • Low vapor pressure
  • Afficiency in use
  • Compliant with EU VOC directive (1999/13/EC)
  • Methylene Chloride
  • Acetone
  • Glycol Ethers
  • Hydrocarbon & Aromatic blends
  • NMP

Rhodiasolv® IRIS supported by the European Life+ program

Solvay has received support from the European Commission’s LIFE+ program for the industrial pilot demonstration of its eco-friendly solvent Rhodiasolv® IRIS.