Replacing Petroleum-Based Materials


Replacing petroleum-based materials

DuPont (the same company for which Carothers worked) has recently developed a process by which some of the raw materials for its polymers can be grown from renewable resources rather than petroleum-based products. They have opened a new plant for making one of the raw materials for synthetic fabrics, using bacterial fermentation to make 1,3-propanediol (which is an intermediate for manufacturing polypropylene terephthalate, used as a fabric). The raw material in this case is glucose (from corn sugar). Details can be found on the DuPont website.