Vegetable oil similar to the stuff you use to cook your food may one day fill your cars engine. Researchers at the U.S. Department of Agriculture have developed a chemically modified version of the edible oil that shows promise as a cleaner, renewable alternative to petroleum-based motor oil, while enhancing its protective properties.
Veggie motor oil could eventually be produced cheaper than petroleum-based oil and may help reduce this countrys dependence on foreign oil, the researchers say. Their work was described today at the 225th national meeting of the American Chemical Society, the worlds largest scientific society.
"Vegetable oil is going to have a huge impact on the future by making the world a cleaner, greener place. Our new version is a significant step in that direction," says Atanu Adhvaryu, Ph.D., a chemist with the USDAs National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research in Peoria, Ill., and a lead researcher on the project.
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