Novel method to produce renewable acrylonitrile
A new study from the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) establishes a novel catalytic method to produce renewable acrylonitrile using 3-hydroxypropionic acid (3-HP), which can be biologically produced from sugars.
Acrylonitrile, a petroleum-derived commodity chemical, is one of the most widely used monomers in the chemical industry with many commercial applications. Today, acrylonitrile is used in the production of, for example, acrylic fibers for carpets, clothes, and fabrics, and in plastics such as food containers, and packaging materials. An article about the research is published in Science (Press Release NREL, 7 December 2017).
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