Daily Cardinal: Cheaper, more sustainable way to produce plastic precursors

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This Daily Cardinal article features research by George Huber, Harvey D. Spangler Professor in chemical and biological engineering, and James Dumesic, Ernest Micek Distinguished Chair in chemical and biological engineering.

Scientists and engineers at UW-Madison developed an economically feasible process to synthesize a possible substitute for petroleum-derived chemicals from non-edible biomass.

This substitute, called 1,5-pentanediol, is a type of alpha, omega-diol that has two alcohol groups attached at the beginning and the end of a long carbon chain, which is mostly synthesized as a byproduct of other commercially produced diols. Read more…