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Researchers Produce Isobutanol From Electricity and CO2

10:20 AM MDT | March 30, 2012 | Rebecca Coons

Photo Courtesy of UCLA. California researchers have produced the versatile fuel and chemical precursor isobutanol from electricity and carbon dioxide (CO2). The findings, published in the March 30 issue of the Journal Science, could offer a way to use electricity as a transportation fuel without changing the current infrastructure.   Researchers at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science genetically engineered a lithoautotrophic microorganism known as Ralstonia eutropha H16 to produce isobutanol and 3-methyl-1-butanol in an...

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