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New catalyst paves way for bio-based plastics, chemicals
December 10, 2015

By Tina Hilding, Voiland College of Engineering & Architecture

catalyst-detailPULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University researchers have developed a catalyst that easily converts bio-based ethanol to a widely used industrial chemical, paving the way for more environmentally friendly, bio-based plastics and products.

Rock Doc: Training microbes to make biofuel
May 27, 2014

By E. Kirsten Peters, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences

peters-e-k-2010-80PULLMAN, Wash. – When you fill your tank, you likely see a little sticker on the pump saying part of the fuel is ethanol. Ethanol is a biofuel, which means it comes from plants like corn rather than from fossil fuel – ancient carbon that’s been buried within the Earth for millions of years.

Rock Doc: Studying termites to achieve better biofuel
March 4, 2014

By E. Kirsten Peters, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences

Peters-e-k-2010-80PULLMAN, Wash. – Every time I fill my gas tank, I see the notice on the pump that explains part of the fuel I’m buying is ethanol. Ethanol is alcohol, a type of biofuel rather than fossil fuel.