Plastic manufacturing: a revolution ahead?

25 enero 2017

A new technology could drastically reduce the costs and carbon emissions in the manufacturing of the world's plastics supplies

A new technology could drastically reduce the costs and carbon emissions in the manufacturing of the world's plastics supplies, according to researchers from Exxon Mobil and the Georgia Institute of Technology. The new system, which is still in development, relies on a carbon-based membrane that can separate molecules as small as a nanometer. The membrane acts as a filter to separate a chemical building block, called para-xylene, used to make plastics and polyester. The current industry methods use high-energy heating processes to separate those molecules. In contrast, the new system can work at room temperature and could reduce carbon dioxide emissions by up to 45 million tons globally per year.

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(Interview published in science.sciencemag.org)

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