Countless everyday products contain petroleum - including furniture. More precisely, in the adhesives used to make plywood panels, for example. But there is a green alternative. Thanks to a new catalyst developed by Heraeus Precious Metals, biomass-based chemicals made from cellulose can replace the fossil raw material.
The so-called basic chemicals, which today serve as the starting material for plastics, paints, adhesives, and much more, are usually based on petroleum. About nine percent of the petroleum extracted worldwide flows into the chemical industry. But fossil resources are drying up, and also because of climate change, the demand for bio-based chemicals, for example from plant biomass, is growing. These platform chemicals made from renewable raw materials have a significantly better eco-balance than their fossil-based counterparts.