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Pyrowave is proposing the first commercial modular technology consisting of small machines using a patented catalytic microwave depolymerisation technique to ‘deconstruct’ the plastic...
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,...
People would need 'thousands of tons' of concrete to survive on other planets like the moon or Mars because of they are frequently bombarded with lethal radiation and small meteorites that could...
Metal nanoparticles are known not to stick to glass, explains research fellow Xiang Fei, who leads the project. Often precious metals like gold are used to catalyse a number of chemical reactions,...
‘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...
Regarding the persistent gap in clean fractioning of 5xxx and 6xxx alloys for recycling, AAI'as technology based on laser induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) is said to yield advantages compared to...
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...
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 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....
Attended by Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden, the awards ceremony on February 10 marked the culmination of the first annual innovation challenge for circular fashion initiated by the non-profit H...
The new material is said to be suitable not only for packaging and heat insulation but also in helping to clean up oil spills. 99% absorption The aerogels can absorb oil up to 90 times their dry...
The new process uses acids combined with very small amounts of an oxidant that extracts gold efficiently and effectively. Not only is gold extraction achieved under 'mild' conditions but also the...
Research duo Eugene Chen and Miao Hong have discovered how to create a class of plastics that is 'truly sustainable' as the material is both fully bio-renewable and recyclable. Their work has been...
The new recycling method can now be applied to PET, thus enabling the regeneration of monomers while maintaining the same quality and physicochemical properties as their petroleum-based counterparts...
Ford researchers have been struggling to find a glue-free manufacturing method for the last couple of years. Taking out this ingredient would notably improve high quality disassembly and materials...
Wind turbines might be an ally in our quest for a'‘green' economy and yet their sustainable appeal fades once they hit their end-of-life stage. However, US researchers are now claiming that the...
Mealworms fed a steady diet of Styrofoam were ‘as healthy’ as those on a normal diet, explains Wei-Min Wu, a senior research engineer in the university’s department of civil and...
A growing number of companies are opting to include recycled materials into the manufacturing process. Recycled polyethylene (rPET) derived from post-consumer plastic bottles is certainly no...
During a European Paper Week seminar held in the Belgian capital Brussels late last year, Dipl.-Ing. Thomas Schrinner of the Dresden University of Technology in Germany outlined the promising early...
Previously, scientists have attempted to carefully extract the rare earth elements from the magnets but this was both time-consuming and very expensive, and so the Fraunhofer scientists have adopted...
A group of US researchers has come up with a ‘hot’ idea that could offer a new option in a world with an increasing abundance of e-scrap. And it sounds like something straight off the...
The innovative technology, invented by CMI partners Oak Ridge and Idaho National Laboratory, uses a combination of hollow fibre membranes, organic solvents and neutral extractants to 'selectively...
A significant hurdle to recycling waste clothing and other textiles into their original fibres is that most of this material is composed of blended fibres - the most common being polyester/cotton...
Most new batteries contain 1.5 V of energy when first bought but most devices stop functioning at around the 1.3 V mark, Batteroo points out. Its 'Batteriser' sleeve uses micro-circuitry and is only...
'We have demonstrated electronics that are there when you need them and gone when you don't need them anymore,' says aerospace engineering professor Scott R. White, who led the research recently...
When one thinks of pineapples, Hawaiian pizzas and cocktails usually come to mind. In contrast, Spanish designer Carmen Hijosa envisions a new chapter for the fashion industry through transformation...
'Although packing peanuts are used worldwide as a perfect solution for shipping, they are notoriously difficult to break down, and only about 10% are recycled,' says Professor Vilas Pol, who inspired...
′It seems that the European Commission plans to deal with the problem of plastic waste only by approaches like recycling, composting or incineration,′ say CNEP researchers Jacques Lemaire...
The new material is meant to charge supercapacitors and is said to boast a superior performance compared to commercially available carbon, graphene and carbon nanotubes. Simultaneously, it will...
Paper's sustainable credentials are about to be recharged. Quite literally. Indian researchers have demonstrated the possibility of using recovered paper to manufacture an advanced type of 'green'...

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