What if car tires could be made from renewable resources instead of petroleum? In this episode of the podcast, we interview Dr. Paul Dauenhauer, part of a research team from the Center for Sustainable Polymers who have developed a new chemical process to make isoprene (one of the key ingredients in car tires) from biomass such as grass or corn.
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ABOUT THIS EPISODE
- Dr. Dauenhauer’s lab page and Twitter
- Newsweek article – New Eco-Friendly, Renewable Tires Stretch the Boundaries of Rubber Production
- TV news videos – WCCO 4 and KARE 11
- WTIP Radio interview – U of MN researchers develop new technology to make car tires from trees & grasses
- University of Minnesota press release – Researchers invent process to produce renewable car tires from trees, grass
- ACS Catalysis article by Abdelrahman et al. – Renewable Isoprene by Sequential Hydrogenation of Itaconic Acid and Dehydra-Decyclization of 3-Methyl-Tetrahydrofuran
- Center for Sustainable Polymers
- Center for Sustainable Nanotechnology
Interviewee: Prof. Paul Dauenhauer
Producer/Host: Miriam Krause