Over the last month, scientists have gone above and beyond in their research, making breakthroughs benefiting both industry and the environment. Below are examples of their brilliant findings.
Commonly, once thermoset plastics are produced and in their solid state, they are difficult to melt and recycle. The structures contain strong covalent bonds and so the plastics will require burning before remolding can commence. To begin recycling synthesis, pDCPD is added to break down the plastic into a soluble powder, which dissolves in solution to then make new thermosets.
The brilliance of this discovery is that this polymer does not affect the mechanical strength of the plastic. Researchers have produced a theoretical model application that could potentially be used on other plastics, including acrylics and rubbers. The next step is that the scientists are wanting to form a company to license and commercialise this technology for use across the world… watch this space!
There is evidence to show Nanoribbons are stronger than steel and due to a high surface-to-mass ratio, can hold 200 times their own weight. With strong intermolecular forces, the molecule assumes a solid-like state which in turn is exceptionally strong, creating a nanostructure with robust mechanical properties. The next step; researching its applications for industrial use.
To their surprise, ⅓ of the results was honey. Beeswax lipid residue was found on the excavated pottery and it was determined that ancestors hunted for beehives and stored its honey in pottery. This is a great discovery as there was little evidence on how long humans have been consuming honey in their diet - this opens the door for future research projects in other geographical areas.
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