Sustainable rubber and plastics become a reality

Tire companies have long sought an efficient way to make isoprene—the main building block of natural rubber—from sugars found in trees, grass, and other plants. Now, a University of Minnesota-led team of engineers has given them one. The majority of fossil fuel-derived isoprene currently goes into about a million tons of nonrenewable rubber every year, the researchers write in their research paper.

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Source: University of Minnesota

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