Carbon monoxide junked for making plastic

Using a catalyst, chemists can swap in the less dangerous carbon dioxide

By Beth Mole, 12:23 PM February 11, 2014

Carbon dioxide can take the place of its noxious, explosive relative carbon monoxide as an ingredient to make everyday plastics and detergents.

Carbon monoxide has been a staple in manufacturing because it easily reacts with other chemical building blocks to create larger molecules.

Now, chemist Matthias Beller and colleagues at the University of Rostock in Germany have found a way to ditch the dangerous compound for carbon dioxide, which is naturally less likely to break apart and share its at...

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