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ERIC Number: EJ826608
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Apr
Pages: 3
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 11
ISSN: ISSN-0021-9584
Converting Municipal Waste into Automobile Fuel: Ethanol from Newspaper
Mascal, Mark; Scown, Richard
Journal of Chemical Education, v85 n4 p546-548 Apr 2008
Waste newspaper is pulped with acid and its cellulose is hydrolyzed. The resulting glucose syrup is fermented with yeast and distilled to give ethanol. The experiment highlights the potential of applied chemistry to confront problems of economic importance, that is, the effective utilization of biomass to reduce dependence on non-renewable petroleum. In the course of this laboratory exercise students are introduced to carbohydrate chemistry and the use of fermentation in organic synthesis. They also gain practical experience in microdistillation, vacuum filtration, and thin-layer chromatography. It is most appropriate for students of the advanced organic chemistry laboratory. (Contains 1 scheme.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: Students; Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A