A New Kind of Rubber Makes Tires More Eco-Friendly

A mainly chemical process produces a more environmentally sound alternative to fossil fuels.
A new eco-friendly rubber could make the tire industry cleaner and less costly.
03_17_GSTires_01 Source: Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg/Getty

Since 2001, when the gene of the compound needed to create rubber was first identified, there has been a lot of pressure on scientists and tire industries to get some traction in the search for eco-friendly rubber. Recently, researchers at the University of Minnesota discovered a method, published in the journal ACS Catalysis, that could make the industry greener by using carbon from natural sources

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