Ethylene to para-Xylene

Ethylene to para-Xylene – As the price of oil goes up and supplies dwindle, alternative feedstocks become increasingly important for servicing the chemical industry. Ethylene, commonly released from oil industrially, can also be generated from biomass via bioethanol. A team at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA, have demonstrated that ethylene can act as a useful feedstock in the preparation of an important commodity chemical, p-xylene.[cite]10.1021/ja307612b[/cite]

Ethylene to para-Xylene – As the price of oil goes up and supplies dwindle, alternative feedstocks become increasingly important for servicing the chemical industry. Ethylene, commonly released from oil industrially, can also be generated from biomass via bioethanol. A team at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA, have demonstrated that ethylene can act as a useful feedstock in the preparation of an important commodity chemical, p-xylene.(10.1021/ja307612b)

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