Volume 87 Issue 27 | pp. 26-28
Issue Date: July 6, 2009

Chemicals From The Garden

Advances in biomass chemistry transform plant matter to valuable products
Department: Science & Technology | Collection: Green Chemistry, Sustainability
Keywords: Biomass, Catalysis, Cellulose, HMF

Sound scientific ideas sometimes lie in limbo for decades until some event, discovery, or urgent need triggers a wave of research. That's exactly what's going on in the field of biomass conversion. Driven by growing concerns about the scarcity of petroleum resources and the environmental price for using them, many scientists have jumped into, or ramped up their efforts in, this area of "green" chemistry. Their primary aim has been to convert plant matter into . . .

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