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Biofuel made from woody waste such as sawdust can serve as a carbon-neutral alternative to petroleum-based fuels. But the economics of producing this type of biofuel don’t work without policy measures such as carbon taxes or other subsidies, which can be politically difficult to enact. Now researchers have found a way to greatly increase the value of one type of biofuel production from woody waste: by converting a by-product of the process into highly pure graphite that’s good enough quality to use in lithium-ion battery electrodes (ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng. 2018, DOI: 10.1021/acssuschemeng.8b02799).