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Two steps to sustainable polymers

Medium-chain linear α-olefins are commodity chemicals; however, manufacturing α-olefins from biomass is challenging due to inefficient removal of the last oxygen atoms. Now, a two-step biological–chemical catalysis strategy to produce medium-chain linear α-olefins provides a route to sustainable polymers.

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Fig. 1: A two-step biological–chemical catalysis strategy for the production of medium-chain α-olefins.

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Chowdhury, S., Peralta-Yahya, P. Two steps to sustainable polymers. Nat. Chem. 13, 1157–1158 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41557-021-00842-8

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