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New catalyst that converts bioethanol into commercially useful isobutene [Registered]

Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) and at Washington State University (WSU) have developed a new catalyst material that will convert bioethanol into isobutene. And it can do so in one production step, which can reduce costs. The findings appeared July 21 in the Journal of the American Chemical Society. “Isobutene is a versatile chemical that could expand the applications for sustainably produced bio-ethanol,” said the lead research Yong Wang. Isobutene can be used to make tire rubber, a safer solvent that can replace toxic ones for cleaning or industrial uses. It can also be…

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