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High yielding bioplastics production from sugar [Registered]

A team of chemical engineers led by Paul J. Dauenhauer of the University of Massachusetts Amherst has discovered a new, high-yield method of producing the key ingredient used to make plastic bottles from biomass. The process is claimed to be inexpensive and currently creates the chemical p-xylene with an efficient yield of 75-percent, using most of the biomass feedstock. The research is published in the journal ACS Catalysis. Dauenhauer says the new discovery shows that there is an efficient, renewable way to produce a chemical that has immediate and recognizable use for consumers. He says the plastics industry currently produces…

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