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A new approach for recycling plastics

Two EPFL engineers have come up with a revolutionary new method for tackling plastic pollution by harnessing the inner workings of proteins. The result? A whole new way of looking at plastic recycling

28-Sep-2021

Each human being uses, on average, 30 kg of plastic per year. Given that global life expectancy currently stands at approximately 70 years, each person will discard some two metric tons of plastic in his or her lifetime. Multiply that by the number people on earth – which is growing constantly – ...

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Research guides future of plastic waste chemical recycling

22-Sep-2021

New research from Cornell University aims to ease the process of chemical recycling – an emerging industry that could turn waste products back into natural resources by physically breaking plastic down into the smaller molecules it was originally produced from. In a new paper, “Consequential Life ...

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Sunlight can break down marine plastic into tens of thousands of chemical compounds

13-Sep-2021

Sunlight was once thought to only fragment plastics in the marine environment into smaller particles that chemically resemble the original material and persist forever. However, scientists more recently have learned that sunlight also chemically transforms plastic into a suite of polymer-, ...

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New Coating for Plastics to Fight Bacteria off

Startup Flux Polymers receives funding

23-Aug-2021

The start-up Flux Polymers, which has its roots at the University of Würzburg, offers a simple and easy solution to keep plastic surfaces free of bacteria. Recently, it has found an investor and can now start its operational business. In clinics and medical practices, it is crucial to work with ...

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Breakthrough discovery: Plastics aren’t what we think

New study finds they’re a tad rubbery, paving the way for better products

20-Aug-2021

A breakthrough by researchers at the University of South Florida (USF) and collaborating institutions around the world could pave the way for better products, such as improved batteries, automobile paint and cellphone screens. When you zoom in on many modern materials, such as those in some of ...

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Microplastics: A Trojan Horse for Metals

Study shows that microplastics can serve as a transport vehicle for metals in the environment

11-Aug-2021

The fact that microplastics can accumulate organic pollutants from the environment and transport them has been known for some time. What is new, however, is that metals can also be transported in this manner. In addition, the smaller the particles, the greater the metal accumulation on the ...

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Making stresses in plastics and components visible

Research team led by TU Chemnitz develops dyes that continuously indicate stresses and their strength in plastics and components by changing colour

05-Aug-2021

A research team led by Prof. Dr. Michael Sommer, holder of the Professorship of Polymer Chemistry at Chemnitz University of Technology, and PD Dr. Michael Walter, project leader at the Cluster of Excellence Living, Adaptive and Energy-autonomous Materials Systems (livMatS) at Albert Ludwig ...

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Companies in the plastics industry are cautiously optimistic about the future

The exploding prices of raw materials and the shortage of materials due to the chaos in logistics are of great concern.

03-Aug-2021

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 bottlenecks due ...

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Eco-friendly plastic from cellulose and water

Researchers create new kind of environmentally friendly bioplastic with hydroplastic polymers

26-Jul-2021

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 ...

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How Green Is Your Plastic?

Economical synthesis of polyacrylates and polymethacrylates from biobased materials

22-Jul-2021

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 Chemie, ...

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