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Recycling plastic: Vinyl polymer broken down to aspirin components

Researchers discovered acid hydrolysis of a vinyl polymer breaks down into salicylic acid and acetic acid, precursors to dehydroaspirin which in theory can be made into vinyl polymers again. Image: Yasuhiro Kohsaka Ph D., the Research Initiative for Supra-Materials, Shinshu University

Way to recycle Vinyl polymers. Credit: Yasuhiro Kohsaka Ph D., the Research Initiative for Supra-Materials, Shinshu University

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