Scientists are underway to create plastics

Scientists are underway to create plastics

Scientists Are Underway To Create Plastics.Scientists Are Underway To Create Plastics That Have Oils And Fats As A key Ingredient.

Washington: Scientists are underway to create plastics that have oils and fats as a key ingredient.

The latest episode in the American Chemical Society's (ACS') award-winning Global Challenges/Chemistry Solutions podcast series highlights a first-of-its-kind process that can convert animal fat, vegetable and oils into a key ingredient for creating plastics.

The development could lead to a more sustainable source of the ingredient, which currently comes from petroleum.

Douglas Neckers, Ph.D., explains that many of the plastics found in hundreds of everyday products begin with a group of chemical raw materials termed olefins. Petroleum is a common source of olefins which include ethylene, propylene and butadiene.

These are the building blocks for familiar plastic's like polyethylene, polyester, polyvinyl chloride and polystyrene. The scientists sought a more sustainable alternative source of olefins.

Their report describes use of "UV-C" light to change lard, tallow, olive oil, canola oil and waste canola cooking oil into olefins. Neckers says that this is the first report on use of this photochemical process to make olefins.

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