Programmed Polymers Degradation for Base Material Reuse

Read the full post at Decoded Science.

Plastic made from plant sugars that you can break down with light and reuse over and over again? That’s the subject of new research from presented at this year’s Green Chemistry Conference.

Researchers from North Dakota State University (US) have made a new kind of plastic using renewable feedstock (biomass). By introducing an appropriate phototrigger molecule into the polymer, the scientists were able to photodegrade the polymer – once again obtaining the base starting material.

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