The exploding prices of raw materials and the shortage of materials due to the chaos in logistics are of great concern.
The plastics industry has recovered from the consequences of the pandemic faster than originally hoped. Companies expect this positive trend to continue. But the mood in the industry is clouded, because: Exploding raw material prices, dramatic material shortages as well as supply bottleneck ... more
Researchers create new kind of environmentally friendly bioplastic with hydroplastic polymers
Plastics offer many benefits to society and are widely used in our daily life: they are lightweight, cheap and adaptable. However, the production, processing and disposal of plastics are simply not sustainable, and pose a major global threat to the environment and human health. Eco-friendly ... more
Economical synthesis of polyacrylates and polymethacrylates from biobased materials
Despite the best efforts of industry to work towards sustainability, most plastics (or polymers) are still made using non-renewable fossil fuels. However, researchers have now found an economical method for producing biobased acrylate resins. The study, published in the journal Angewandte C ... more
Future Insight Prize 2021 of € 1 Million Awarded to Ting Lu and Stephen Techtmann
Merck announced the winners of this year’s Future Insight Prize. The € 1 million prize in the category of “Food Generation” was awarded today during the Future Insight Days in Darmstadt, Germany, to Ting Lu, Professor of Bioengineering at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, USA, an ... more
Carbon-containing gases from steel production as a source of raw materials: Covestro starts up mini-plant
On the path to climate neutrality, the development of new raw material sources is of central importance. The Carbon2Chem project is investigating, among other things, where cross-sector networking between the steel and chemical industries is possible. The German government is funding the pr ... more
New catalyst, which can make propylene from natural gas, is at least 10 times more efficient than current commercial catalysts
In a year that has already battered manufacturing supply chains, yet another shortage is complicating manufacturers' and consumers' lives: plastics, and the food packaging, automotive components, clothing, medical and lab equipment and countless other items that rely on them.
But a new chem ... more
Eco-friendly way to reduce litter?
Plastic is notoriously hard to break down, but researchers in Austria have found that bacteria from a cow's rumen - one of the four compartments of its stomach - can digest certain types of the ubiquitous material, representing a sustainable way to reduce plastic litter.
The scientists susp ... more
More potentially hazardous chemicals are lurking in plastics than has been assumed
ETH Zurich researchers examined chemicals in plastics worldwide. They found an unexpectedly high number of substances of potential concern intentionally used in everyday plastic products. A lack of transparency limits management of these chemicals.
Plastic is practical, cheap and incredibly ... more
Scientists have devised a novel way of tackling the mounting issue of plastic pollution -- by using bacteria to transform plastic waste into vanilla flavoring
Researchers have discovered that the common bacteria E. coli can be deployed as a sustainable way to convert post-consumer plastic into vanillin, a new study reveals.
Vanillin is the primary component of extracted vanilla beans and is responsible for the characteristic taste and smell of va ... more
Now possible thanks to a new process
A significant part of carpet waste consists of petroleum-based polypropylene. As a non-recyclable product, disposing of it has previously meant incineration or landfill. However, a new solvent is now making it possible to recover virgin-standard polypropylene from carpet waste — with no per ... more