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Tungsten Process Converts Petroleum-derived Feedstocks to Valuable Chemicals

8:27 AM MST | January 26, 2010 | Alex Scott

Research chemists Gerard Parkin and Aaron Sattler from Columbia University (NY) say they have developed an organic compound containing tungsten that is able to break strong carbon-carbon bonds. The unusual activity of the compound could lead to new methods for converting petroleum-derived feedstocks into valuable chemicals, the researchers say. Details of the research were highlighted recently in a paper in the journal Nature. The research to date has been funded by the U.S. Department of Energy. Parkin tells CW that the project has no commercial partner at this...

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