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Partners Target Propanediol Output

September 10, 2007 | APPEARED IN VOLUME 85, ISSUE 37

Metabolic Explorer and Institut Français du Pétrole, which specializes in alternative energy research, will collaborate on scaling up MetEx's biotech route for making 1,3-propanediol out of glycerin (C&EN, Aug. 27, page 26). The French partners seek to add value to glycerin made during a biodiesel production process developed by IFP. Met-Ex CEO Benjamin Gonzalez says his firm's route "could play a crucial role in the overall economics of biodiesel production."

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