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New approach to recycling targets plastic impurities

05-18-2021


New approach to recycling targets plastic impurities Today’s Video of the Day from the National Science Foundation describes how experts at the University of Oklahoma are taking an entirely new approach to recycling by targeting plastic impurities.

The research, led by Dr. Steven Crossley, has the potential to revolutionize which types of plastics can be recycled.

According to Dr. Crossley, a common challenge in recycling strategies is dealing with impurities, such as food and drink in the bottom of a plastic container. These impurities are difficult to eliminate. They ultimately reduce the quality of the recycled material and limit any potential applications.

“But, what if we could design catalysts that target and convert those impurities to either make them more compatible with the rest of the plastic – or convert them selectively to carbon dioxide or light gases that could easily be removed, producing a pure stream of higher value?” said Dr. Crossley. Therefore the New approach to recycling targets plastic impurities has increased and have had trouble disposing of them.

A diverse team, ranging from computational chemists to psychologists, is currently collaborating on the project, which is funded by the National Science Foundation.

Video Credit: National Science Foundation 

By Chrissy Sexton, Earth.com Staff Writer

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