For years the chemical industry has relied on petroleum as the primary ingredient in thousands of products. Numerous industrial product manufacturers use petroleum-derived substances in their formulations. However, there is concern about the drastic increases in oil and gas prices, thereby increasing the cost of those products. Tighter environmental regulations continue to put pressure on oilbased product producers and their users to find safer solutions. As an alternative the use of renewable biobased products provides environmentally safe products to the manufacturers and users that offer comparable performance, economics and the added benefit of biodegradability of the final products.

Incorporation of volatile corrosion inhibitors (VCI) in lubricating products provides a number of advantages. VCIs, when added to the carrier, provide corrosion protection to machinery during the operation, storage or transportation period. Properly chosen combination of inhibitors prolongs service life of machinery by minimizing the corrosive wear of the fuel systems and storage tanks.

Building Blocks for fuels (BBB) and BBB Bio are utilized to control the corrosive characteristics of fuels. BBB and BBB Bio provide protection in all 3 phases: liquid, interface, and vapor phases. In addition, BBB Bio was developed with soybean oil as a carrier; allowing it to be added to a variety of biofuel and conventional fuels including diesel and gasoline during operation, storage, transport, and distribution. BBB and BBB Bio pass the rust test in accordance to MIL-PRF-25017 and ASTM D-665- 92. These and other additional laboratory test data and photos are presented.


Green chemistry is not an absolute goal or destination, but a dedication to a process for continual improvements, wherein the environment is considered along with the chemistry. Chemical products should be designed to preserve the efficiency of function, while reducing their impact on the environment.

  • the knowledge of the pertinent country regulations;

  • the evaluation of the environmental performance for the environment to which the product will be exposed

  • the corrosion protection required in the applications.

These products should be designed so that at the end of their application, the product does not persist in the environment, and it should break down into innocuous degradation products. The development of "green" corrosion inhibitors is a process, which requires:

For years the main part of fuels has been petroleum derivatives. Nowadays the fuels based on renewable sources are formulated. At first, ethanol-based fuel started to be used in automotive engines instead of gasoline. At even later dates, Biodiesel was developed. In the United States Biodiesel is a fuel comprised of a mixture mono-alkyl esters of long chain fatty acids derived from vegetable oils or animal fats. This paper is presenting two products which are recommended as anticorrosion building blocks to the fuels, including biofuels: BBB and BBB Bio. Different approaches can be used to obtain an environmental profile for the corrosion inhibitors utilized in a specific application. The most common method is to replace solvent- or oil-based carriers in formulations with water-based technology.

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