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Breakthrough Could Help Chemists Compute Safer Biofuels: Image: Rishabh Mishra/CC This is your mission, should

This is your mission, should you choose to accept it: you are a biofuels researcher, diligently seeking a solution that can take mankind into the post-industrial revolution, an era of alternative fuels that are both sustainable and practical. You will probably spend a year developing a scalable synthetic pathway for your new biodiesel. Then you will put it to the test: what comes out of the tailpipe when combusting the novel biofuel? Will your hopes be dashed by learning that your biofuel breaks down into toxic, environmentally harmful bits? Or will you be the hero that finds a clean-burning miracle fuel? But wait! There is news out of Copenhagen that could save you years of trial and error, putting you on the right path from day one. An article published in the The Journal of Physical Chemistry A , under the weighty title "Atmospheric Chemistry of Two Biodiesel Model Comp...

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