Sweet deal

A study recently published in Environmental Science and Technology shared the results of using glutamic acid to reduce reliance on fossil fuel. Glutamic acid, found in sugar beets, is a biobased chemical that could potentially replace petrochemical substances and therefore make a less destructive impact on the environment. The results of the experiment confirmed this idea and suggested that glutamic acid can be used as a cleaner foundation for substances that essentially mimic those found in petrol. To determine this, four chemical derivatives from glutamic acid were directly compared to their petrochemical counterparts. While not all of the substances were equal in effectiveness, the scientists determined that with necessary additives, glutamic acid has potential to be the basis of alternative resources.

Sucrose––abundant in sugar beets, go figure––is often used in the development of biobased fuels. Yum.