Topic of the Month March 2016

Plastics made of carbon dioxide and plants

Changing the plastic formula

Polyethylene terephthalate is the most common thermoplastic polymer resin of the polyester family and is used in fibers for clothing, containers for liquids and foods, thermoforming for manufacturing, and in combination with glass fiber for engineering resins. Source: wikipedia, istock/O. Hoffmann

Turning plant waste into plastic

Chemistry graduate student Aanindeeta Banerjee and Assistant Professor Matthew Kanan have developed a novel way to make renewable plastic from carbon dioxide and ordinary plants. Image: Standford University

Recycled carbon