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Breakthrough Could Lead to Cheaper, More Sustainable Chemical Production
March 21, 2013
A new advance could enable the production of an important commodity chemical using carbon dioxide (CO2) as a carbon source instead of petroleum. CO2 is basically free, and something the planet currently has in excess. Activating CO2 for the production of commodity chemicals could be a way make them more cheaply and sustainably.
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