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Petrochemicals – News and Features

Microplastics in the ocean.

Plant-Based Plastic Releases Nine Times Fewer Microplastics Than Conventional Plastic

A newly developed plant-based plastic material releases nine times less microplastics than conventional plastic when exposed to sunlight and seawater, a new study has found.
The bacteria grown and dyed wallet.

Plastic-Free Vegan Leather That Dyes Itself Grown From Bacteria

In recent years, scientists and companies have started using microbes to grow sustainable textiles or to make dyes for industry – but this is the first time bacteria have been engineered to produce a material and its own pigment simultaneously.
A scientist holding up a vial.

To Capture Methane Emissions, Scientists Create Nanoshell Catalysts

A University at Buffalo-led research team is developing new catalysts that aim to turn climate-warming methane emissions into useful commercial products.
A plastic container lying on a beach.

Researchers Develop Biodegradable Plastic That Won’t Leave Microplastics Behind

The new plant-based polymers biodegrade in under seven months, even at the microplastic level.
Solar panels under a blue sky.

Researchers Take Major Step Toward Next-Generation Solar Cells

An innovative method to manufacture perovskite solar cells has brought next-generation solar technology one step closer.
The ends of cut wooden logs.

Transforming Wood Waste for Sustainable Manufacturing

Lignin is an abundant byproduct of paper manufacturing that could be broken down to form compounds usually sourced from petroleum, reports a new study.
A row on people sitting in a conference talk taking notes.

Separation Scientists Gather To Exchange Ideas

The 34th International Symposium on Chromatography (ISC 2024) will be taking place this October in Liverpool, UK, but what will ISC 2024 offer attendees and what does the event mean for the scientific community?
A woman wearing a respirator mask stands on top of a hill, with smog in the background

Magnetic Airborne Particles Linked to Development of Alzheimer’s

Tiny magnetic particles in the air could be linked to the development of Alzheimer’s disease symptoms, a new study suggests.
A lit gas stove emits blue flame.

Your Gas Stove May Be Releasing More Harmful Nanoparticles Than Vehicle Exhaust

Cooking on your gas stove can emit more nano-sized particles into the air than vehicles that run on gas or diesel, possibly increasing your risk of developing asthma or other respiratory illnesses.
A fingerprint, shown in bright white on a black background.

Scientists Develop Biocompatible Fluorescent Spray That Detects Fingerprints in Ten Seconds

Researchers have developed a non-toxic fluorescent spray that detects fingerprints in just a few seconds, making forensic investigations safer, easier and quicker.