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Breakthrough Technology in Synthetic Chemistry by Stanford & IBM

By: Katie Cordrey - Published:   Updated: Aug 10 2011 • References: pubs.acs.org & grist.org
Stanford and IBM scientists have discovered a way to formulate new types of endlessly recyclable plastics. By using organic catalysts instead of metal oxides, new plastics can be made from items that were previously considered non-recyclable and non-degrading plastics can be made biodegradable.

Lead researcher Chandrasekhar "Spike" Narayan believes that the breakthrough technology will revolutionize the field of synthetic chemistry. It will certainly increase the future ability to recycle and reuse PET and plant-based plastics.

Implications - The only limitation that Chandrasekhar "Spike" Narayan points out is that once plastic has been transformed into one object, it is limited as to what it can transform into a second time.

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