Oil can be replaced by sugarcane

Another novelty for the industry sector. The University of São Paulo (USP) carried out a project where he discovered a compound sugarcane bagasse which can be used as a substitute for the oil in the manufacture of plastics. The research is by Professor Antonio Burtoloso, from the Institute of Chemistry of São Carlos (IQSC).

According to the specialist, the substance is similar to that used in making plastics for car panels and some types of hard foam. However, Burtoloso says that it is still in search of partnerships and that the project lacks testing.

"Instead of us building molecules of carbon sources, that are not renewable, as is the case today, where almost 100% comes from the oil, what we did was use another carbon source, which is biomass," summarizes the teacher. The results were published in the scientific journal British Green Chemistry.

Although excited by the new discovery, the expert states that a period of development is still needed for the product to be can reach the market. "I wouldn't see anything like that turn a product into the before five years", concludes.

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