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Breakthrough Could Lead to Cheaper, More Sustainable Chemical Production
March 21, 2013
This material is available primarily for archival purposes. Telephone numbers or other contact information may be out of date; please see current contact information at media contacts.A new advance could enable the production of an important commodity chemical using carbon dioxide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.Full Story
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