U.S. Department of Agriculture researchers say they have developed a process for making bio-based additives suitable for use in formulating greases; crankcase, 2-cycle, and marine engine oils; and hydraulic and transmission fluids. Chemist Sevim Z. Erhan says the additives would provide an alternative to petroleum-based products – and a potentially profitable market for growers in the Midwest and elsewhere. The additives would be made from the predominant fat molecules – triglycerides – ...

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