POLY-DI-KETOENAMINE (PDK): NEW PLASTIC THAT COULD BE FULLY RECYCLED
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The scientists have created a next-generation plastic that can be fully recycled into new materials of any colour, shape, or form, without loss of performance or quality.
- A team of researchers at the US Department of Energy’s Berkeley National Laboratory has designed a recyclable plastic called PDK.
- The monomers of PDK plastic could be recovered and freed from any compounded additives by placing the material in a highly acidic solution.
- It helps to break the bonds between the monomers and separate them from chemical additives.
- The recovered PDK monomers can be remade into polymers, and those recycled polymers can form new plastic materials without inheriting the colour or other features of the original material.
- They could also upcycle the plastic by adding additional features, such as flexibility.