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U of M Discovery to Improve Efficiencies in Fuel, Chemical and Pharmaceutical Industries
June 28, 2012
University of Minnesota engineering researchers are leading an international team that has made a major breakthrough in developing a catalyst used during chemical reactions in the production of gasoline, plastics, biofuels, pharmaceuticals and other chemicals. The discovery could lead to major efficiencies and cost savings in these multibillion-dollar industries.
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