New plastic recipe thwarts interfering old bags

时间:2017-07-04 06:01:07166网络整理admin

By Helen Knight IT COULD spell the end of plastic pollution. A novel polymer that breaks down in response to certain chemical triggers could be the key to developing a self-destructing plastic bag. Plastics have gained a reputation as an environmental menace as some can take hundreds of years to biodegrade, posing a danger to wildlife and clogging the seas. Now Scott Phillips and Wanji Seo at Pennsylvania State University in University Park have developed a self-destructing plastic that could lead to more wildlife-friendly products. Working with the polymer poly(phthalaldehyde),