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Producing chemicals from renewable bioresources has the potential to address issues of growing scarcity (or awareness of scarcity) of fossil carbon feedstocks, in addition to mitigating geopolitical tensions associated with uneven distribution of these resources. However, the use of a range of bio-based feedstocks, which are likely to be dependent on local resources and to differ from region to region or even from season to season, presents challenges to an industry accustomed to relatively homogeneous, oil- and gas-based feedstocks. This material inhomogeneity also provides opportunities and access to a range of highly functionalised molecules. Bulk sources of bio-based chemicals include sugars and polysaccharides, lignin and fats and oils, and these are summarised. Details of some commercial, or near to commercial, bio-based chemicals are presented and two large classes of chemical products, solvents and surfactants, are discussed in more detail.

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