Scientists make plastic from sugar and carbon dioxide

 06/14/2017 - 08:47
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Research by scientists from the Centre for Sustainable Chemical Technologies at the University of Bath reveals that some bio-degradable plastics could in the future be made using sugar and carbon dioxide, replacing unsustainable plastics made from crude oil.

Poly-carbonates from sugars offer a more sustainable alternative to traditional poly-carbonate from BPA, however the process uses a highly toxic chemical called phosgene.

Now scientists at Bath have developed a much safer, even more sustainable alternative which adds carbon dioxide to the sugar at low pressures and at room temperature.

The resulting plastic has similar physical properties to those derived from petro-chemicals, being strong, transparent and scratch-resistant.