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Scientists have created endlessly recyclable polymer plastic
- December 22, 2019
- Posted by: Wiley M. Wagner
- Category: Science
Plastic is the most used and relevant material at the present stage – thanks to such remarkable properties as resistance to temperature, flexibility, light weight and at the same time high strength, plastic, however, is a real headache when it comes to processing and recycling. Modern methods of its disposal require the use of special toxic substances and complex laboratory work, but the chemical engineering team at Colorado State University came up with the idea of creating a new type of polymer plastic that has the same properties and which is much easier and safer to recycle.
In fact, the present polymer material can be processed indefinitely thanks to an improved polymer structure. Polymers are a special class of materials characterized by long chains of chemical bonds between the so-called monomers – it is this property that allows them to be applicable in a variety of problems. The work of a team of researchers from the University of Colorado includes mainly improving the existing synthetic polymer plastic, developed at the same university in 2015.
However, the first prototype, having relatively low heat resistance and strength, did not enter the final concept of experiments and testing – but now scientists have managed not only to improve these indicators of the polymer material, but also to achieve a significant reduction in its cost, which will positively affect its widespread use .
The next generation of polymers can answer the question of how to properly and rationally recycle plastic and other materials in such a way as not to pollute the planet. That is why the team of specialists at the moment has focused on identifying the most interesting solutions to promote their new polymer plastic formula, which, perhaps, will soon become an excellent replacement for traditional plastic in all its manifestations and forms. It remains only to wait for the final results of the experiment.