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#1 Old 01-21-2005, 12:31 PM
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http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/4191737.stm



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Cornell University researchers created a novel polymer using CO2, an oil present in orange peel and a catalyst that speeds the reaction along.



The team hopes CO2 could one day be collected for making plastics instead of being pumped into the atmosphere.



Details of the research in the Journal of the American Chemical Society.

I haven't looked at the paper, but this could be pretty cool. They say the plastic is similar to polystyrene (common stuff). Of course, to have an environmental benefit the process used to make the plastic would have to use less energy than conventional processes. And it would have to consume more CO2 than it produces (pretty unlikely). But even so, being able to make plastic from a renewable resource is neat.
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#2 Old 01-21-2005, 12:34 PM
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I've heard they're doing something similar to this with corn.
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#3 Old 01-23-2005, 01:00 PM
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Neat! I've also heard good things about citrus cleaners.



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I've heard they're doing something similar to this with corn.

Yep:http://www.matr.net/article-6726.html





And here's the url for the USSC (Urethane Soy Systems Co.) website, although I coudn't get it to load.

http://www.soyoyl.com

As the name suggests they make urethane plastics using soy beans.
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