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Synthesis of fumaric acid by a new method of artificial photosynthesis, using sunlight
In recent years, environmental problems caused by global warming have become more apparent due to greenhouse gases such as CO2. In natural photosynthesis, CO2 is not reduced directly, but is bound to organic compounds which are converted to glucose or starch. Mimicking this, artificial ...
Reduce plastic pollution through biorecycling
Carbios, a pioneer in the development of enzymatic solutions for the recycling of plastic and textile polymers, has strengthened its leadership team with the appointment of Martine BRISSET as Senior Vice President, effective January 1, 2023. Martine BRISSET will lead the Biodegradation Business ...
Laboratory experiment shows that bacteria really eat and digest plastic
The bacterium Rhodococcus ruber eats and actually digests plastic. This has been shown in laboratory experiments by PhD student Maaike Goudriaan at Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ). Based on a model study with plastic in artificial seawater in the lab, Goudriaan calculated that ...
New method creates useful char from plastic and corn waste
University of California, Riverside, scientists have moved a step closer to finding a use for the hundreds of millions of tons of plastic waste produced every year that often winds up clogging streams and rivers and polluting our oceans. In a recent study, Kandis Leslie Abdul-Aziz, a UCR ...
BASF has appointed Dr. Achim Sties to lead the global plastic additives business unit effective January 1, 2023. The headquarters of this business will be in Singapore. Prior to his current role, Achim Sties was already heading the plastic additives business in Europe. He began his career with ...
“What’s so special about this system is the versatility and tuneability”
Researchers have developed a system that can transform plastic waste and greenhouse gases into sustainable fuels and other valuable products – using just the energy from the Sun. The researchers, from the University of Cambridge, developed the system, which can convert two waste streams into two ...
“Materials informatics (MI), a new branch of materials research that combines materials data with data science, is gaining traction,” said co-corresponding author Yoshihiro Hayashi, assistant professor, Institute of Statistical Mathematics in the Research Organization of Information and Science ...
First high-resolution reconstruction of microplastic pollution from sediments obtained in the northwestern Mediterranean Sea
The total amount of microplastics deposited on the bottom of oceans has tripled in the past two decades with a progression that corresponds to the type and volume of consumption of plastic products by society. This is the main conclusion of a study developed by the Institute of Environmental ...
A polyester plastic of great mechanical stability, which is also easily recyclable and even compostable
How can plastics be designed so they retain their desirable properties but at the same time can be more effectively recycled? This and other questions concerning the eco-friendliness of plastics are the focus of chemist Stefan Mecking and his research group at the University of Konstanz. In their ...
New milestone: researchers recycle Nylon-6 at mild temperatures and without toxic chemicals
Nylon-6 is a tough, non-biodegradable plastic that cannot be recycled by conventional methods. A new way has now been introduced by a team from the USA in the journal Angewandte Chemie: with an easily accessible lanthanum trisamido catalyst, Nylon-6 can be depolymerized highly selectively, nearly ...