Enhancing the degradability of one of the most widely used plastics
Plastic is the most common kind of debris found in our oceans and lakes. Over the last decade, the presence of microplastics in the marine environment, in marine organisms and eventually in human beings has become an important public health concern in addition to an environmental one. Polyethylene is the most widely used plastic in Europe and also represents about three fourths of the polymers in marine microplastics. The EU-funded DEEPCAT project will develop processes to insert chemical groups in the polyethylene chain that eventually are degraded with light or water. Success could have a tremendous impact on the volume of microplastics in marine environments.
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