Isoprene (a.k.a. 2-Methyl-1,3-Butadiene) is an unsaturated hydrocarbon produced by many plants and animals. It exists extensively in nature, being found in several compounds isolated from animal and plant materials such as terpenes, camphors, and vitamins. This chemical compound had little commercial importance until the Second World War, due to its relatively high production costs vis a vis synthetic rubber manufacturing (its potential market). Since then, methods for Isoprene production from petrochemical sources were improved, and nowadays several routes have been practiced commercially, based on propylene, isobutylene-formaldehyde, isopentane, acetone-acetylene, etc.
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