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Nylon

Converting lignin to nylon precursor

Work could open up avenues for biorefineries

RESEARCHERS at the US National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have developed a process for converting lignin from biomass into adipic acid, an important industrial precursor to nylon, plasticisers, lubricants and polyesters.

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Industry

Material makes better use of waste heat

UH team concentrates on peak power output

A NEW material created by US researchers could dramatically boost the amount of energy that can be harvested from industrial processes' waste heat.

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Australian tarantula

Spider venom contains powerful painkillers

Blocks pain signals’ path to the brain

SPIDER venom could hold the key to treating many chronic pain conditions, after Australian researchers found it contains proteins with painkilling properties.

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