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How chemicals in plastic may cause lower IQ levels

The effects of environmental chemicals at the molecular level

25-May-2021

The chemical bisphenol F (found in plastics) can induce changes in a gene that is vital for neurological development. This discovery was made by researchers at the universities of Uppsala and Karlstad, Sweden. The mechanism could explain why exposure to this chemical during the fetal stage may be ...

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New technology converts waste plastics to jet fuel in an hour

Catalytic process to efficiently convert polyethylene to jet fuel and high-value lubricants

19-May-2021

Washington State University researchers have developed an innovative way to convert plastics to ingredients for jet fuel and other valuable products, making it easier and more cost effective to reuse plastics. The researchers in their reaction were able to convert 90% of plastic to jet fuel and ...

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Using carbon dioxide to make greener plastics

Christoph Gürtler and Walter Leitner named European Inventor Award 2021 finalists

07-May-2021

The European Patent Office (EPO) announces that German chemists Christoph Gürtler and Walter Leitner have been nominated as finalists in the "Industry" category of the European Inventor Award 2021 for their roles in developing a new technique to utilise waste carbon dioxide (CO2) as raw material ...

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Nanoplastics – an underestimated problem?

Tiny plastic particles in the environment

06-May-2021

The images leave no one cold: giant vortices of floating plastic trash in the world's oceans with sometimes devastating consequences for their inhabitants – the sobering legacy of our modern lifestyle. Weathering and degradation processes produce countless tiny particles that can now be detected ...

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Microcapsules enable self-lubricating plastics

Plastic components with longer service life

06-May-2021

23 percent of global energy consumption can be attributed to friction losses. Components with reduced friction therefore represent an important contribution to conserving resources and achieving climate protection targets. In the case of plastics, reduced friction can also reduce microplastics in ...

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Plastics could see a second life as biodegradable surfactants

A new chemical process provides biodegradable chemicals

30-Apr-2021

Scientists at the Institute for Cooperative Upcycling of Plastics (iCOUP), an Energy Frontier Research Center led by Ames Laboratory, have discovered a chemical process that provides biodegradable, valuable chemicals, which are used as surfactants and detergents in a range of applications, from ...

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Harnessing the power of microbial communities for plastic degradation

Researchers propose new approach in the search for biological plastic degradation

23-Apr-2021

Bacteria are extremely adaptable. The more plastic enters the environment, the more likely they are to find ways to extract energy from plastic and degrade them in the process. Us humans could take advantage of this. The trick is to find the respective bacteria and combine them in novel ways. In ...

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BASF, Quantafuel and REMONDIS want to cooperate on chemical recycling of plastic waste

More recycling of plastic waste which otherwise would be incinerated

22-Apr-2021

BASF, Quantafuel and REMONDIS have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to jointly evaluate a cooperation in chemical recycling including a joint investment into a pyrolysis plant for plastic waste. It is intended that REMONDIS supplies suitable plastic waste to the plant, and BASF uses the ...

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It's snowing plastic

New technique detects minute particles of plastics in snow, rain and even soil

22-Mar-2021

The snow may be melting, but it is leaving pollution behind in the form of micro- and nano-plastics according to a McGill study that was recently published in Environmental Pollution. The pollution is largely due to the relatively soluble plastics found in antifreeze products (polyethylene ...

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Milliken & Company Announces Acquisition of Zebra-chem

Investment in peroxide masterbatches accelerates growth in plastic recycling

03-Mar-2021

Milliken & Company, a global diversified manufacturer with more than a century and a half of materials science expertise, has formally acquired Zebra-chem GmbH, a global chemicals company known for its peroxide and blowing agent masterbatches. With more brands and governments globally setting ...

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