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Biobased Chemicals

What Are Biobased Chemicals:

According to the USDA, biobased products are “derived from plants and other renewable agricultural, marine and forestry materials. Biobased products generally provide an alternative to conventional petroleum derived products and include a diverse range of offerings such as lubricants, detergents, inks, fertilizers and bioplastics.”

How It Relates to Green Chemistry:

Chemists working in the biobased industry are addressing our environmentally and socioeconomically unsustainable dependence on petroleum which remains the key feedstock for a wide array of products. Biofuels are a major focus of the biobased industry, but the sector is expanding. Researchers and firms now also emphasize and commercialize bio-derived replacements for basic chemicals on which nearly every industry depends. These replacements may even be “drop-in” direct substitutes for their petroleum-derived counterparts. Developing chemical feedstocks from renewable sources and using catalytic chemistry to create high-value chemicals that replace petrochemical products is critical to achieving sustainability.

ACS GCI's Green Chemistry and Engineering Conference

The 24th Annual GC&E Conference is now virtual and free for all participants! Take your sustainable chemistry to the next level on June 15 - 19, 2020.