Shale gas from hydraulic fracturing offers the chemical industry new opportunities for making fossil fuel-derived plastics and other materials. To take advantage of these opportunities, the industry must develop new processes and adapt to a new mix of ingredients and outputs. Industry and academic researchers worldwide are rising to the task with an eye to potential economic and environmental benefits. getAbstract recommends this article to investors, innovators, environmentalists, and others interested in the opportunities and challenges shale gas offers the chemical industry.
In this summary, you will learn
- How a new abundance of shale gas creates an opportunities for new, improved ways of making chemicals,
- What innovations these opportunities trigger, and
- What economic and environmental benefits the new processes and products could provide.
About the Author
Mark Peplow is a UK-based science journalist specializing in the physical sciences. He holds a PhD in organometallic chemistry from Imperial College London.