Fully recyclable plastic was created and this will change the future

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Scientists at the US Department of Energy’sLawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California discovered a new way to assemble the plastics and reuse them “into new materials of any color, shape, or form.” “Most plastics were never made to be recycled. But we have discovered a new way to assemble plastics that takes recycling into consideration from a molecular perspective,” said lead author Peter Christensen, a postdoctoral researcher at Berkeley Lab’s Molecular Foundry. The new type of plastic material is known as polydiketoenamine or PDK.

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Unlike conventional plastics, the monomers of PDK plastic can be recovered and freed from any additives simply by dunking the material in a highly acidic solution. The researchers believe that their new recyclable plastic could be a good alternative to many nonrecyclable plastics in use today. Next plan is to develop PDK plastics with a wide range of thermal and mechanical properties for applications as diverse as textiles, 3D printing and foams. This is what the future of plastics looks like.

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