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When creating coatings, cleaners and lubricants, whether it's a new formulation or if you are replacing n-propyl bromide (nPB or 1-BP), trichloroethylene (TCEs), hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) and hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs), you want to push performance higher so your customers see better results. This is where your choice of solvent makes a big difference — the performance and quality of the fluid you choose can significantly impact the quality of your final product.

At 3M, we understand it can sometimes be a challenge to find an optimised solution for your formulations. You may think you have to sacrifice safety, sustainability or both for high performance. But with 3M™ Novec™ Engineered Fluids, a proprietary family of safe and sustainable organic solvents, there is no compromise.

Create industrial cleaning agents with non-toxic organic solvents.
Create the perfect mix for your industrial solvents.

Novec Engineered Fluids for key applications

  • Novec Engineered Fluids are ideal organic cleaning solvents due to their low surface tension.
    Coating formulation and dilution

    Deliver the performance your customers demand, including the touch screen that connects them to their devices and the internal components that make the devices work. Our engineered fluids will help you develop screen coatings and electronic coatings that achieve the feel and performance your specifications call for.

  • Novec organic solvents have low toxicity and are safe for storage
    Industrial cleaning agent formulation

    Industrial cleaner customers have strict demands for performance, safety and regulatory compliance. By creating your cleaners with innovative 3M Novec Engineered Fluids, you can meet their precise specifications for materials compatibility, effectiveness and worker safety.

  • Close-up of titanium and steel aerospace parts and gears that need proper lubrication in order to function correctly
    Lubricant deposition

    Today’s complex mechanisms require the precise interaction of carefully engineered parts — and that means effective lubricant deposition. We’ve engineered the right mix of solubility, low surface tension and viscosity to help your products provide complete coverage and excellent penetration.

  • Novec organic solvents have low toxicity and are an excellent trichloroethylene replacement.
    Silicone deposition

    The manufacturing process for medical products, which are designed to save and improve lives, must meet stringent standards. For the deposition of silicone for medical and other applications, you can trust the features of 3M Novec Engineered Fluids.

No trade-offs. Just results.

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Novec fluids offer an outstanding combination of performance, safety and environmental properties, allowing you to provide your customers with unique new solutions that get the job done.

Novec fluids have low surface tension and low viscosity for uniform application and coverage, offer a wide range of boiling points, and are nonflammable. And with their excellent materials compatibility and solubility, you’ll have the formulating freedom you need to create the perfect mix.

Through precise engineering, we can help you make your products safer than ever. 3M Novec Engineered Fluids are a safer alternative to n-propyl bromide (nPB or 1-BP) and trichloroethylene (TCE). In addition to their low toxicity and overall wide margin of worker safety, 3M Novec Engineered Fluids are non-flammable and our neat fluid options are excellent for helping inert formulations.

Novec fluids are not targeted for regulatory phase-down, unlike conventional solvents such as n-propyl bromide (nPB), hydrochlorofluorocarbons (such as HCFC-225) and hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs).

Why choose 3M Novec?

Simply put, we possess the knowledge, experience and solutions that will help enable your success.

  • 3M scientist examines abrasive test results of a Novec organic solvent

    Unique Chemistry
    3M Novec Engineered Fluids are based on a proprietary 3M chemistry. These unique, low global warming potential (GWP) materials feature physical properties that make them an ideal solution for delivering value in many of today’s most demanding solvent and lubricant applications.

    Global scale and experience
    With operations and technical experts around the world, we have the reach to support you anywhere.

    Access to our experts
    Our people help you develop the optimal product using our knowledge and experience to help you accelerate your business. We’re excited to collaborate with you directly to help solve your unique challenges and realise your vision.

    Put our products to the test. With our materials, backed by extensive data, you can simplify your formulating and decision making.

    Manufacturing experience and quality standards
    Your legacy is our legacy. We apply our long history and experience to live up to your highest standards for quality and consistency.

Meeting your formulating challenges

  • Three white droplet icons on purple background representing solubility

    Freedom to formulate with a wide range of materials, including hydrocarbons and fluorocarbons.

  • Icon of two round purple balls balancing on each side of a  purple seesaw on white background representing stability

    Consistent performance and reduced chance of formulation property changes due to storage or transport.

  • Icon with two white test tubes crossed in the middle on purple background representing compatibility

    Compatible with metals and most plastics and elastomers.

  • Icon with three purple waved lines stacked above one another onwhite background representing low surface tension and viscosity
    Low surface tension and viscosity

    Improved wetting and sprayability for more uniform application and coverage.

  • White thermometer icon on purple background representing boiling point
    Wide selection of boiling points

    Better control over dry times and dripping.

  • Purple fire icon with a line through it representing non-flammable or inerting non-flammability.

    Our neat fluid options can help inert flammable fluids, improving safety for workers and customers.

  • White icon showing dot with four arrows coming out of it up, down, right and left, on purple background representing versatility

    Excellent balance of performance, materials compatibility, safety and environmental properties to help increase value for customers.

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Let us answer your questions about Novec fluids

3M Novec is more than a line of products — there’s a whole team of people who share your passion for solving problems and improving lives. Are you interested in learning more about 3M Novec Engineered Fluids, or want to see what our organic solvents can do before you decide? We are here to answer questions and offer support for samples and testing.