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'Green' plastics could help reduce carbon footprint
More than 20 million tons of plastic are placed in US landfills each year. Results from a new University of Missouri study suggest that some of the largely petroleum-based plastic may soon be replaced by a nonpolluting, renewable plastic made from plants. Reducing the carbon footprint and the dependence on foreign oil, this new (2009-02-11)

Plastic contaminants harm sea urchins
Plastics in the ocean can release chemicals that cause deformities in sea urchin larvae, new research shows. (2020-11-30)

Nagoya University researchers break down plastic waste
Nagoya University team develops ruthenium catalysts to hydrogenate inert amide bonds under mild conditions. Molecular design of the catalyst framework promotes a key step of the reaction, the transfer of hydrogen to the amide, to greatly improve reactivity. This new low-energy approach may enable designer peptide synthesis and facilitate break down of plastic waste into more useful compounds. (2017-05-26)

Cornell chemist wins national award for biodegradable plastics
Cornell Chemist Geoffrey W. Coates wins American Chemical Society Award for biodegradable plastics. (2001-08-20)

Microbial answer to plastic pollution?
Fragments of plastic in the ocean are not just unsightly but potentially lethal to marine life. Coastal microbes may offer a smart solution to clean up plastic contamination, according to Jesse Harrison presenting his research at the Society for General Microbiology's spring meeting in Edinburgh today. (2010-03-28)

NREL pioneers cleaner route to upcycle plastics into superior products
Researchers at the US Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have discovered a method of plastics upcycling -- transforming discarded products into new, high-value materials of better quality and environmental value -- that could economically incentivize the recycling of waste plastics and help solve one of the world's most looming pollution problems. (2019-03-05)

Crada team recognized for award-winning collaboration in environmental innovation
The US Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory, the United States Council for Automotive Research's Vehicle Recycling Partnership and the Plastics Division of the American Chemistry Council have been awarded the Plastics Recycling and Sustainability Award in Enabling Technologies by the Society of Plastics Engineers for their work in the optimum recycling of plastics and other materials from end-of-life vehicles. (2007-03-08)

The sweetness of biodegradable plastics
Prof. Moshe Kol of Tel Aviv University says that his new lactide-based variety of catalysts, which initiate or sustain reactions in chemical processes, is improving the production of (2010-12-14)

An update on the road to better plastics for a sustainable future
Three Perspectives and an Editorial highlight issues and advances in developing plastics that are more sustainable and easier to recycle. (2017-11-16)

FSU researchers help develop sustainable polymers
Researchers at the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering have made new discoveries on the effects of temperature on sustainable polymers. Their findings may help the industry to produce plastics that are better for the environment. (2020-09-25)

'Green' cars could be made from pineapples and bananas
Your next new car hopefully won't be a lemon. But it could be a pineapple or a banana. Scientists in Brazil have developed a more effective way to use fibers from these and other plants in a new generation of automotive plastics that are stronger, lighter, and more eco-friendly than plastics now in use. Their work could lead to stronger and more sustainable materials for cars and other products. (2011-03-27)

The highest heat-resistant plastic ever is developed from biomass
The use of biomass-derived plastics is one of the prime concerns to establish a sustainable society, which is incorporated as one of the Sustainable Development Goals. However, the use of most of the biomass-derived plastics is limited due to their low heat resistance. Collaborative research between JAIST and U-Tokyo has successfully developed the white-biotechnological conversion from cellulosic biomass into the aromatic polymers having the highest thermodegradation of all the plastics reported ever. (2020-10-21)

When it comes to churning out electrons, metal glass beats plastics
By adding carbon nanotubes to a glass-like metal compound, researchers have devised a new breed of field emission electrodes. This technology, which produces a stream of electrons, may have promising applications in the consumer electronics industry. (2011-11-21)

Plastic's carbon footprint
From campaigns against microplastics to news of the great Pacific garbage patch, public awareness is growing about the outsized effect plastic has on the world's oceans. However, its effect on the air is far less obvious. Plastic production, use, and disposal all emit prodigious amounts of greenhouse gasses, but scientists haven't had a firm grasp on the scope. (2019-04-15)

Complexity of plastics make it impossible to know which are dangerous
A recent study found that 3 out of 4 plastic consumer products contain harmful chemicals. Bioplastics contained toxicants, too. (2019-09-17)

'Infinitely' recyclable polymer shows practical properties of plastics
The world fell in love with plastics because they're cheap, convenient, lightweight and long- lasting. For these same reasons, plastics are now trashing the Earth. Colorado State University chemists have announced in the journal Science another major step toward waste-free, sustainable materials that could one day compete with conventional plastics. (2018-04-26)

Oxygen sponge saves energy during the production of plastics
Dutch researcher Bart de Graaf has developed a solid oxygen carrier, a sort of oxygen sponge. The oxygen from the sponge reacts with hydrogen to produce water. With De Graaf's discovery a lot of energy can be saved during the production of raw materials for plastics. (2005-02-11)

Stemming the tide of ocean plastics
As people in the developing countries become more affluent, they end up buying more plastics. But these areas often don't have good waste management procedures in place, so a lot of that plastic eventually ends up in the ocean, according to an article in Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN), the weekly newsmagazine of the American Chemical Society. (2018-04-18)

The pesticides in contact with plastics for mulch take longer to degrade
A study within the Diverfarming project analyses the interactions between 38 pesticides and three types of plastic for mulch (2020-12-09)

Tecnalia does research into plastics and textiles for the main urban pests
Tecnalia leads INSEPLATEX project, an ambitious project that will be endeavoring to develop technologies to provide various types of plastics and textiles with repellent or insecticidal effects targeting the main species of insects regarded as urban pests. (2011-10-13)

Building a town house from bio-based plastics
A newly published book '3-D Printing with Biomaterials' explores the promises of 3-D printing with biomaterials towards a sustainable and circular economy. (2015-02-06)

New printing process advances 3D capabilities
More durable prosthetics and medical devices for patients and stronger parts for airplanes and automobiles are just some of the products that could be created through a new 3D printing technology invented by a UMass Lowell researcher. (2020-07-31)

A plastic planet
Industrial ecologist Roland Geyer measures the production, use and fate of all the plastics ever made, including synthetic fibers. (2017-07-20)

Would you put a tree in your gas tank?
The world's forests may provide some unexpected answers as to how mankind can create more value with less environmental impact -- good news as we move toward a greener future. (2010-06-16)

Chemists strive to extend the life of crystalline plastics
At a memorial symposium for Andrew Keller, a pioneer in the field of semicrystalline polymers since the late 1940s, at the 218th American Chemical Society National Meeting in New Orleans, some 100 researchers will discuss semicrystalline plastics, particularly how such plastics crystallize and how the way in which they crystallize governs their end-use properties. (1999-08-24)

Chemists create new route to PHAs: naturally degradable bioplastics
Eugene Chen, professor in the Colorado State University Department of Chemistry, has led a new study demonstrating a chemical catalysis path for making an existing class of biomaterials called PHAs -- already gaining momentum in industrial settings -- even more commercially viable and structurally diverse. (2019-11-21)

Human impact has created a 'plastic planet,' research shows
University of Leicester researchers lead an Anthropocene study into lasting effects of plastic on land and oceans. (2016-01-27)

Steel-strength plastics -- and green, too!
Chemists have been working hard to develop a more biodegradable plastic to reduce pollution and protect the environment. Now a Tel Aviv University researcher is taking a different approach -- creating plastics as strong and durable as steel. (2012-06-07)

A call to change recycling standards as 3-D printing expands
Buying plastic filament for 3-D printing can be expensive. But a Michigan Technological University researcher and his students have whittled the cost of printing to ten cents per kilogram -- down from $30 per kilogram. The team was able to make this leap by recycling plastics that had already been printed. (2015-03-17)

Additives to biodegrade plastics don't work
Recycling plastic works; additives to biodegrade plastic do not. A new study from Michigan State University shows that several additives that claim to break down polyethylene (i.e., plastic bags) and polyethylene terephthalate (i.e., soda bottles) simply don't work in common disposal situations such as landfills or composting. (2015-03-20)

Plastics in common household items may cause fertility defects
The contaminant bisphenol-A (BPA) -- widely used to make many plastics found in food storage containers and dental products -- can have long-term effects in female development, according to a recent study by Yale School of Medicine researchers. (2007-02-13)

Plastic electronics could slash the cost of solar panels
By producing plastics that are translucent, malleable and able to conduct electricity, researchers have opened the door to broader use of the materials in a wide range of electrical devices. (2010-04-02)

Tecnalia will develop active packaging for cheeses, cakes and pastries
Tecnalia will develop a new system of active protection for processed cheeses and cake and pastry products through the selection of natural anti-fungal compounds and the study of their subsequent application to these food items. (2012-03-13)

Hard plastics decompose in oceans, releasing endocrine disruptor BPA
Scientists today reported widespread global contamination of sea sand and sea water with the endocrine disruptor bisphenol A (BPA) and said that the BPA probably originated from a surprising source: Hard plastic trash discarded in the oceans and the epoxy plastic paint used to seal the hulls of ships. (2010-03-23)

Advance toward making biodegradable plastics from waste chicken features
In a scientific advance literally plucked from the waste heap, scientists today described a key step toward using the billions of pounds of waste chicken feathers produced each year to make one of the more important kinds of plastic. They described the new method at the 241st National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society, being held here this week. (2011-03-31)

Bioplastics no safer than other plastics
Bioplastics contain substances that are as toxic as those in ordinary plastics. (2020-10-23)

Brain damage in fish affected by plastic nanoparticles
A new study from Lund University in Sweden shows that plastic particles in water may end up inside fish brains. The plastic can cause brain damage, which is the likely cause of behavioral disorders observed in the fish. (2017-09-25)

Scientists and engineers create the 'perfect plastic'
Researchers at the University of Leeds and Durham University have solved a long-standing problem that could revolutionize the way new plastics are developed. (2011-09-29)

Seafood study finds plastic in all samples
A study of five different seafoods has found traces of plastic in every sample tested. (2020-08-12)

Rochester chemist wins national award for research with petroleum catalysts
William D. Jones of Rochester, N.Y., will be honored March 25 by the American Chemical Society for his discoveries about the early steps in turning petroleum into products such as plastic. He will receive the 2003 Award in Organometallic Chemistry at the Society's national meeting in New Orleans. (2003-03-04)

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