Researchers Probe Microbes for a Future Plastics Building Block
from Plastics News
Microbes commonly found in moist, natural environments could eventually be a source of ethylene, the building block for polyethylene resin and many other polymers. Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory are tweaking cyanobacteria to produce ethylene through photosynthesis. If they can get the yields up, the process might be an alternative to using oil and gas for making the raw material of plastics.
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