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Chemical Engineers Discover ‘Ultraselective’ Process to Make Valuable Chemical from Biomass

by University of Massachusetts Amherst
Chemical engineering researchers Wei Fan, Paul Dauenhauer and colleagues at the University of Massachusetts Amherst report this week that they’ve discovered a new chemical process to make p-xylene, an important ingredient of common plastics, at 90 percent yield from lignocellulosic biomass, the highest yield achieved to date.