Issue Date: June 7, 2010
Waste Plastics Become Functional Carbon Microspheres
Plastic grocery bags are handy and durable, but after the bread and milk are put away, most of the bags wind up in landfills. Argonne National Laboratory’s Vilas G. Pol has found a way to “upcycle” the discarded plastics into carbon microspheres, which could find new life in consumer products (Environ. Sci. Technol., DOI: 10.1021/es100243u). Pol heats waste . . .
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