Iron-catalyzed [2+2] oligomerization of butadiene produces (1,n’-divinyl)oligocyclobutane, a new polymer that can be chemically recycled. Credit: Figure by Jonathan Darmon of the Princeton University Department of Chemistry New polybutadiene molecule enchains in squares, a microstructure that enables it to depolymerize under certain conditions, advancing options for closed-loop recycling. As the […]

There is a credible pathway to significantly reduce ocean plastic flow into the ocean, but only if all solutions are implemented. Credit: (c) The Pew Charitable Trusts/SYSTEMIQ ENLARGE Research lays out viable pathway to “break the plastic wave.” A new analysis by The Pew Charitable Trusts and SYSTEMIQ finds that […]

New research from NUI Galway and the University of Limerick has for the first time quantified the volume of plastic from European countries (EU, UK, Switzerland and Norway) that contributes to ocean littering from exported recycling. Credit: Shutterstock/NUI Galway Study Finds That Plastic Recycling From Europe Being Dumped in Asian […]

KIST research team used plant-originated tannic acid to develop a flame-retardant carbon fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP). Credit: Korea Institute of Science and Technology Non-toxic, flame-retardant composite material based on bio-epoxy made from plant-source tannic acid. 99% eco-friendly recycling within tens of minutes merely by dissolving in water. A flame-retardant carbon-fiber-reinforced composite material […]

New binding solution targets construction uses. Revolutionary ‘green’ types of bricks and construction materials could be made from recycled PVC, waste plant fibers or sand with the help of a remarkable new kind of rubber polymer discovered by Australian scientists. The rubber polymer, itself made from sulfur and canola oil, […]