N-Methyl-2-Pyrrolidone (NMP) is a powerful solvent with broad solubility for resins and high chemical and thermal stability. It is completely soluble with water at all temperatures and is soluble with most organic solvents.
LyondellBasell is a leading producer of NMP.
NMP, known for its solvent power and exceptional performance, has become the product of choice for paint strippers, agricultural chemicals and process solvent applications. As a cosolvent, NMP can improve the gloss of floor polishes. Because of its high solvency and low volatility, NMP is used in automotive and industrial cleaners with solvents, including hydrocarbons, terpenes, propylene carbonate and propylene glycol ethers. It also has application in the electronic industry as a photoresist stripper and it can be a replacement for 1,1,1-tricholoroethane, an ozone-depleting substance, in demanding applications, including the cleaning of metal parts. It is recyclable by distillation, readily biodegradable and essentially non-toxic to aquatic life. It is not on the Hazardous Air Pollutants (HAPs) list of the U.S. 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments.
The use of LyondellBasell N-Methylpyrrolidone in the following applications is prohibited:
- Cosmetics, toiletries, personal care products
- Carrier solvent (or excipient) in veterinary medicines/drugs (unless approved by Lyondellbasell)
- Pharmaceutical excipient