FEB 21, 2019 9:12 AM PST

Turning Plastic Wastes into Battery Parts

WRITTEN BY: Daniel Duan

Upcycling is the process of turning low-value materials or even waste into something highly valuable. A group of American and Mexican chemists reported that they have found an inexpensive way to transform plastic bags, mainly polyethylene (PE or PET), into battery anodes.

Their approach uses a two-step heating process that allows effective reaction between sulfuric acid and PE polymer chain, resulting in a cross-linked free-standing carbon sheet architecture. The researchers then put their upcycled products, PE-derived carbon of two different densities, to the test as Li-ion battery anode. Their results showed that composite anodes were functional and capable of storing electric energy.

Their result was published in the journal ACS Omega.

Source: ACS via Youtube

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  • Graduated with a bachelor degree in Pharmaceutical Science and a master degree in neuropharmacology, Daniel is a radiopharmaceutical and radiobiology expert based in Ottawa, Canada. With years of experience in biomedical R&D, Daniel is very into writing. He is constantly fascinated by what's happening in the world of science. He hopes to capture the public's interest and promote scientific literacy with his trending news articles. The recurring topics in his Chemistry & Physics trending news section include alternative energy, material science, theoretical physics, medical imaging, and green chemistry.
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