Updated: 04/01/2014 18:34

Cloth from sugar

Cloth from sugar

In the future, the clothes you wear could be made from sugar. 

Researchers at the Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology, IBN, have discovered a new chemical process that can convert adipic acid directly from sugar. 

Adipic acid is an important chemical used to produce nylon for clothes and other everyday products like carpets, ropes and toothbrush bristles. 

Commercially, adipic acid is produced from petroleum-based chemicals through a process which gives out large amounts of nitrous oxides, a major greenhouse gas that causes global warming. 

IBN Executive Director Professor Jackie Ying said the institute's conversion process is simple, efficient and green. 

It yields 99 per cent of the starting material, and is ideal for industrial development.

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