Which aspects of your topic have already been implemented within the company?
Production has already managed to significantly reduce its consumption and has achieved a lot. It’s a different story in the lab. The smaller quantities used there mean that we have to rely on purer raw materials. Which means that acetone will still be needed.
What are the reasons for the status quo?
A lot of work has already been done in this area. Various alternatives have been tested; the same resources that are used in production were examined, but unfortunately there is currently no way around acetone.
What was your highlight?
The major highlights of our project were probably the experiments in the lab. It was a change from our normal routine and really fun with our group, although we couldn’t do much in terms of reaching our goal.
What was your biggest hurdle?
It was difficult to design experiments that had never been done before. IGP has already tried many things in this area and has been able to make a few changes. Furthermore, our tests didn’t reveal any major differences.
What would you do differently next time?
The aspect that definitely stood out for us was our dialog with the specialists. In our opinion, we should have had more frequent conversations with those responsible. Perhaps this could also have enabled us to save time by avoiding experiments whose results were already known.
What have you learned? What will you take away from this experience?
During the project, we learned a lot about the solvent acetone. We became familiar with certain properties of this agent. We were also able to improve our skills in terms of developing a larger project. We were never under time pressure and generally planned everything very well.
Our results at a glance …