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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.

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Mark Peplow is a UK-based science journalist specializing in the physical sciences. He holds a PhD in organometallic chemistry from Imperial College London.



What opportunities does hydraulic fracturing offer the global chemical industry?

The development of hydraulic fracturing for natural gas extraction in the United States is presenting new opportunities and challenges to the global chemical industry. Most plastics are made from crude oil, but the hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) boom has yielded shale gas containing three compounds – methane, ethane, and propane – that the plastics industry could use instead to make plastics and other products.

Developing technologies to use shale gas in this way will make it possible to access an abundant supply of raw materials...

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