Chemical engineering professor helps discover more sustainable method of plastic production

Published: Jan 9, 2017 7:00:00 AM
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Carlos Carrero Marquez
Carlos Carrero Marquez

Carlos Carrero Marquez, assistant professor of chemical engineering at Auburn University, was part of a research team led by professor Ive Hermans at the University of Wisconsin-Madison that published a paper in the December 2016 edition of Science detailing production of propene from propane using a new type of catalyst. 

Traditional methods of producing propene produce carbon dioxide and other undesirable byproducts. The new family of catalysts are non-toxic, use less energy and produce another useful compound, ethene, as a byproduct.

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