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Chemistry challenges to enable a sustainable bioeconomy

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A bioeconomy — that is, an economy in which fuels, chemicals and other products are sourced from biomass — can contribute to a sustainable and prosperous future. Realizing a bioeconomy will necessitate new methods for processing the complex structure of biomass to produce commodity chemicals. Many exciting opportunities are availing themselves to chemists brave enough to tackle this challenging problem.

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  1. Bioenergy Technologies Office, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of Energy, Golden Field Office, Golden, Colorado 80401, USA.

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