Researchers seek alternative for acrylate production

04/4/2013 | ICIS News (U.K.)

Scientists are working on an alternative method to produce acrylates, used in super-absorbent polymers, in a more cost-effective and sustainable way. A team from Brown University is using carbon dioxide and ethylene, along with nickel, as materials to produce an alternative. The method might take years to develop, the researchers said, but the wide availability of ethylene from the shale gas boom will make it possible.

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