Fossil Fuels Can Be Made Out Of Fatty Acids and Ice CreamSubmitted by emalvini on Mon, 12/17/2012 - 23:07
Fossil Fuels Can Be Made Out Of Fatty Acids and Ice Cream
December 17, 2012
By DJ Pangburn 6 hours ago
Researchers at the University of Manchester have identified a biocatalyst which could produce chemicals from fatty acids and household items like soups (or ice cream) to replace fossil fuel chemicals. The researchers are using synthetic biology to manipulate the hydrocarbon chemicals found in these household items. The research was published in PNAS.
The researchers, led by Professor Nick Turner from The University of Manchester, and working with colleagues at University of Turku in Finland, found that naturally-existing fatty acids could create ready-to-use fuels to power cars and household devices, leading to a potential breakthrough in sustainable energy.