Dutch scientists develop new biodegradable thermosetting polymer

05/27/2014 | PlasticsToday.com

Gadi Rothenberg and Albert Alberts, researchers from the University of Amsterdam's Van 't Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences, have developed a new biobased and biodegradable thermoset material. The bioplastic, named glycix, is durable, easily processable and highly heat resistant, like all thermosetting polymers, but can also be recycled and broken down into glycerol and citric acid monomers in water. "Our plastics will disappear into nature all by themselves. ... The decomposition rate depends on the degree to which the plastic has been hardened. Decomposition time varies from several weeks to a year, depending on the production method," Rothenberg said.

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