Researchers discover new way to produce 2 high-value chemicals

09/8/2010 | United Press International

Scientists from Iowa State University have inadvertently produced ethylene glycol and propylene glycol while trying to make sugar derivatives from biomass using alcohol at high temperatures. The substances they yielded are high-value chemicals conventionally produced using expensive acid reagents or hydrogen gas. "There is potential here. ... It's not a wild dream to think this could be developed into a practical process," said Walter Trahanovsky, the chemistry professor leading the study.

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