Plastic Waste – A New Source of Fuel

Could plastic waste one day provide a key ingredient for zero-emission transport?
Could plastic waste one day provide a key ingredient for zero-emission transport?
Nanyang Technological University

Our plastic waste problem is a large one, and it’s only getting larger. This is a huge environmental problem that requires some big picture thinking, but scientists are also exploring more subtle ways of chipping away at it and that includes turning plastic waste into sources of fuel. New research out of Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University (NTU) has thrown another interesting possibility into the mix, with scientists converting consumer plastic into a chemical used to to produce electricity in hydrogen fuel cells by exposing it to sunlight.

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Detect Airborne Chemicals in 10 Seconds

A Raman laser shines on a special chip, which traps gas molecules
A Raman laser shines on a special chip, which traps gas molecules
Nanyang Technological University

Ordinarily, if it’s suspected that toxic airborne chemicals may be present in a given area, the analysis process can take up to several days. Now, however, scientists have developed a device that they claim can analyze the air on-location – but from a safe distance – within 10 seconds. read more