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Y-12’s RonJohn Technology

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Technology: RonJohn

Opportunity: The Department of Energy’s (DOE) Y-12 laboratory is seeking interested industry partners to fully commercialize its RonJohn technology.

Details: Now in its final application stage, Y-12’s RonJohn technology is a urethane and coating remover that was developed to replace hazardous or flammable solvents such as methylene chloride, acetone, toluene, xylene, and methanol. This technology has a high flashpoint of 145 degrees Fahrenheit, making it combustible rather than flammable. 

Benefits: As a 2011 R&D Award winner, RonJohn improves safety in that it is more effective than many other solvents used to strip paint and remove adhesives, as well as provides a more complete removal of coatings. It lowers disposal costs thanks to its nonhazardous nature. RonJohn also reduces health risks and eliminates CERCLA, RCRA and HAP hazards.

Potential Applications: The RonJohn technology can be used in the industrial cleaning and hobbyist industries, and applied in the following ways:

  • Paint stripping
  • Adhesive, powder coat and wax buildup removal
  • Urethane-foam potting machine cleaning
  • Refurbishment and restoration.

Contact: For more information about the RonJohn technology, contact Y-12’s Office of Technology Commercialization Partnerships at

To view this technology’s original marketing fact sheet, visit