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A long-standing problem for plastics recyclers is that PE and PP, which make up two-thirds of the world’s plastics, have different chemical structures and thus cannot be repurposed together,...
It is a fact that plastics are largely resistant to biodegradation. However, a happy accident showed that moth caterpillars can quite easily eat themselves out of a plastic bag, so Paolo Bombelli,...
The innovative hydrometallurgical approach has recovered both metals in laboratory-scale tests from standard lithium batteries with ‘reasonable efficiency’, according to Ataur Rahman of...
As the world at large increases the use of nuclear power, there is a need for improved extraction agents for nuclear waste separations and recycling technologies, so argues Steve Liddle, head of...
‘Everybody’s heard of blood diamonds - but maybe people haven’t heard of blood cobalt or tantalum or lithium,’ says project leader Eric Schelter, associate professor in the...
Mechanical engineers tested the oil that, when blended with diesel in small percentages, not only gives reduced emissions but also delivers no loss of engine performance. The percentage of fossil...
The half-life of iodine is more than 15 million years and it can disperse rapidly in air and water, inflicting significant damage on the environment, humans and animals. 'What we're talking about...
Involving only non-toxic chemicals, the 'easy-to-operate' process employs low-cost, reusable reagents in a way that retains the strength of the cotton fibres. Fabric blends of cotton and polyethylene...
What do tennis rackets, yachts, airplanes and racing bikes have in common? Their key ingredient is carbon fibre. As the range of applications for this material continues to grow, there is increased...
The unusual project has seen the research team dismantle the batteries and pulverise the cathodes before exposing the remaining pulp to the fungus. ‘Fungi naturally generate organic acids, and...
The new method involves soaking the composites in an alcohol solvent, which slowly dissolves the epoxy that binds and gives shape to the carbon fibres, the research team explains. Once dissolved, the...
Some 1600 years ago, a ship sailed from the Mediterranean seaport of Caeserea in Israel stuffed with Ancient Roman equipment and artefacts which had been slated for recycling. However, the merchant...
The team of Australian scientists discovered a non-toxic, biodegradable chemical process that allows keratin to be distilled, which might benefit cosmetics or even pharmaceutical applications....
The approach adopted by the Korea Electronics Technology Institute and the Korea Interfacial Science and Engineering Institute is the first of its kind that does not use highly toxic chemicals such...
Given all the recent publicity surrounding the subject, the term 'ocean plastics' no longer requires explanation. With plastic consumption recording high upon high, environmental groups and recycling...
The researchers based their project on the fact that a nanomaterial known as nano-magnesium hydroxide is capable of removing a proportion of metals and dyes from wastewater. The team successfully...

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