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Research Yields Pricey Chemicals From Biodiesel Waste


July 1, 2008

engineering graphic Chemical engineers at Rice University have unveiled a set of techniques for cleanly converting problematic biofuels waste into profitable chemicals. New research in the journal Metabolic Engineering describes a new fermentation process that allows E. coli and other enteric bacteria to convert glycerin--the major waste byproduct of biodiesel production--into formate, succinate and other valuable organic acids. Full Story

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