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Green alternative to PET could be even greener: Enzymatic polymerization for furan-based polyester

One of the most successful plastics is polyethylene terephthalate (PET), the material we use to make bottles and fibers for clothing. However, PET is made from petroleum-based building blocks. An alternative to PET can be made from bio-based furan molecules, but to polymerize these furans you need toxic catalysts and high temperatures. Now, polymer chemists have described an enzyme-based polymerization method.

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