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Production of biobased xylene facilitated by a nano-structured catalyst [Registered]

Researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst report the discovery of a new chemical process to make p-xylene, an important ingredient of common plastics, at 90% yield from lignocellulosic feedstock. This is the highest yield achieved to date. Findings are published in the current issue of Green Chemistry. The chemical industry currently produces p-xylene from petroleum. The new process utilising is claimed to produce p-xylene cheaply. Xylene chemicals are used to produce a plastic PET (polyethylene terephthalate), which is currently used in many products including soda bottles, food packaging, synthetic fibres for clothing and even automotive parts. The researchers discovery…

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