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A New Catalyst for Ethanol Made from Biomass: Potential Renewable Path to Fuel Additives, Rubber and Solvents, Pacific Northwest National Laboratories and Washington State University Study  
8/2/2011 7:47:20 AM

Researchers in the Pacific Northwest have developed a new catalyst material that could replace chemicals currently derived from petroleum and be the basis for more environmentally friendly products including octane-boosting gas and fuel additives, bio-based rubber for tires and a safer solvent for the chemicals industry. To make sustainable biofuels, producers want to ferment ethanol from nonfood plant matter such as cornstalks and weeds. Currently, so-called bio-ethanol's main values are as a non-polluting replacement for octane-boosting fuel additives to prevent engine knocking and as a renewable replacement for a certain percentage of gasoline.
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