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Clean up on aisle seven: How researchers are making chemicals greener, safer, cheaper

The IntersectionBy The IntersectionJan 27, 2011 8:44 PM

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This is a sample post composed as part of the NSF “Science: Becoming the Messenger” workshop

held in Lawrence, Kansas on January 27-28, 2011. Imagine driving past a big chemical manufacturing plant. You’ll see rusty, smokestacks spewing noxious gases into the clear blue sky. We all benefit from the chemicals and fuels made by these facilities. Plastics for our cell phones. Soaps to clean our dishes. Lipsticks, deodorants, paints, and of course, gas for our cars. But, chemical manufacturing pollutes the environment. Is there a better way? Chemists and engineers at the Center for Environmentally Beneficial Catalysis at the University of Kansas are searching for economically viable technologies for making the chemicals that we use every day to improve our lifestyles. Of course this is a big challenge. And it’s not going to be cheap. But, if we want to continue to live like we do today, we’re going to have to do things differently. --by Claudia Bode

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