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Greener Eco-Friendly Process Discovered for Making Key Industrial Ingredient

Scientists are reporting discovery of an environmentally friendly way to make a key industrial material – used in products ranging from paints to diapers – from a renewable raw material without touching the traditional pricey and increasingly scarce petroleum-based starting material.

Their report on a new catalyst for making acrylic acid appears in ‘ACS Catalysis’, the newest in the American Chemical Society’s suite of 39 peer-reviewed scientific journals. Weijie Ji, Chak-Tong Au, and colleagues note that acrylic acid is essential for making paints, adhesives, textiles, leather treatments, and hundreds of other products.

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