Monday, November 26, 2012

World War I Artillery Science Could Mean More Bang For Our Biofuel Buck

World War I Artillery Science Could Mean More Bang For Our Biofuel Buck: Clostridium acetobutylicum became popular when the chemist Chaim Weizmann first used the bacterium to ferment the solvent acetone and the alcohols butanol and ethanol, collectively known as “ABE” products, from starch - he wanted to create synthetic rubber and during World War I the process was used by the British to ferment acetone for the production of cordite, the explosive propellant that replaced gunpowder in bullets and artillery shells.


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