Scientists present a catalytic solution that could be the answer to global plastic pollution | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

Scientists present a catalytic solution that could be the answer to global plastic pollution

As detailed in an article published in the journal ACS Central Science, the method developed by the research team breaks down the strong, high-energy bonds that make polyethylene — the plastic most commonly used to make products like shopping bags and other types of packaging — virtually indestructible.

“We sought to recoup the high energy that holds those bonds together by catalytically converting the polyethylene molecules into value-added commercial products,” Delferro said in a statement.

The researchers used nanoscale metal catalysts made of platinum nanoparticles deposited onto perovskite nanocubes to “chop up” the plastic polymer. This turned it into liquid oil that could then be used as a base for other industrial products.

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