Ferulic acid makes chemistry a bit greener

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Flemish scientists make important chemical building block from renewable raw material.

Scientists from the universities of Antwerp, Ghent and Leuven have succeeded in producing catechol in a more sustainable way, on the basis of a renewable raw material. Catechol, which is produced through petrochemical processes, is an important basic building block in chemical industry and is used to produce rubber, pharmaceuticals and colorants, among other things.

Link: http://www.uantwerp.be/fe­rulic-acid