Inspiration can strike in the most unlikely places. It struck chemist Lukas Goossen at a biodiesel factory in Rwanda.
Goossen was visiting the factory to see how it produced fuel from local plants. But he was surprised to learn that only one specially constructed bus was capable of running on pure biodiesel.
The fuel might be environmentally friendly, he thought, but what good would it do if regular vehicles couldn’t use it? He set out to use his know-how to make a plant-based fuel that could work in a normal diesel engine.
“Can I help with chemistry?” he wondered.
The answer turned out...