A novel method could generate ethanol from renewable resources

Scientists in China have developed a unique process to produce ethanol from lignin and carbon dioxide. Lignin is widely regarded as a waste industrial product and therefore burnt as a low grade fuel. Until now, the complex structure of lignin has limited its potential to produce a product of value – not utilising it to its full potential as a renewable carbon source. 

Chemical formula showing wood being used to produce ethanol using a catalyst

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Invite your class to discuss ethanol with this summary slide; connecting reaction mechanisms with a renewable energy and environmental impact.

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