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These reports and articles were written, researched or edited by staff of the Toxics Use Reduction Institute at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.

Removing Acrylic Conformal Coating with Safer Solvents for Re-Manufacturing Electronics

  The research results of a TURI Academic Research Grant project identified safer alternatives to methylene chloride used to remove conformal coatings on printed circuit boards. The study, led by Assistant Professor Wan-Ting (Grace) Chen of the Plastics Engineering Department at UMass Lowell in partnership with Raytheon Company, was published in Polymers Journal. March 2021. Download PDF file (1.82 MB)

Artificial Turf Infill: A Comparative Assessment of Chemical Contents

Authors: Rachel Massey, Lindsey Pollard, Molly Jacobs, Joy Onasch, Homero Harari. Peer reviewed article in March 2020 issue of New Solutions journal about artificial turf infills. Read more...

UNEP Guidance Development

To assist governments towards establishing or improving their chemicals control, the United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) has developed a publication series on chemicals control. These new documents complement the 2015 UN Environment Guidance on the Development of Legal and Institutional Infrastructures and Measures for Recovering Costs of National Administration (LIRA Guidance). The publications aim to support decision makers in their efforts to establish legal frameworks for chemicals control and the work of government officials involved in building government capacity for chemicals control. Read more...