R&D World: plastics could see second life as biodegradable surfactants

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R&D World has featured the recent publication of scientists at the Institute for Cooperative Upcycling of Plastics (iCOUP), an Energy Frontier Research Center led by Ames Laboratory. The research group has discovered a chemical process that provides biodegradable, valuable chemicals, which are used as surfactants and detergents in a range of applications, from discarded plastics.  The process has the potential to create more sustainable and economically favorable lifecycles for plastics.

To read the full story: With this new science, plastics could see a second life as biodegradable surfactants