Volume 88 Issue 23 | p. 38 | Concentrates
Issue Date: June 7, 2010

Waste Plastics Become Functional Carbon Microspheres

Plastic bags are “upcycled” into a material that could find new life printer toner, tires, and more
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Environmental SCENE
Keywords: upcycle, Plastic grocery bags

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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