Wetenschappers maken plastic van kerstbomen

17 januari 2017

Scientists have developed a renewable plastic from a chemical called pinene found in pine needles. Pinene gives pine trees their distinctive “Christmas smell” and is a waste product from the paper industry. The researchers hope the plastic could be used in, for example, food packaging and plastic bags.
Degradable polyesters such as PLA can be mixed with a rubbery polymer called caprolactone to make them more flexible. Caprolactone is made from crude oil, and so the resulting plastic isn’t totally renewable. The researchers used pinene in the place of caprolactone. An article about the research is published in Polymer Chemistry (Nieuwsbericht University of Bath, 4 januari 2017).
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