Catalysts disassemble polymer while adding ethylene, producing propylene, the building blocks of polypropylene — ScienceDaily

Polyethylene plastics — in particular, the ubiquitous plastic bag that blights the landscape — are notoriously hard to recycle. They’re sturdy and difficult to break down, and if they’re recycled…

Research team uses laser flashes to simulate the interior of ice planets — and spurs a new process for producing miniscule diamonds — ScienceDaily

What goes on inside planets like Neptune and Uranus? To find out, an international team headed by the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR), the University of Rostock and France’s École Polytechnique conducted…

Defects in polymers allow solvents to easily diffuse, producing color changes — ScienceDaily

Dr. Edwin L. Thomas, professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, and a team of researchers from Texas A&M University and Yonsei University recently discovered a helicoidal-shaped defect…

Producing ammonia through electrochemical processes could reduce carbon dioxide emissions — ScienceDaily

Ammonia is commonly used in fertilizer because it has the highest nitrogen content of commercial fertilizers, making it essential for crop production. However, two carbon dioxide molecules are made for…

Some ozone-destroying chemicals are unaccounted for. Are copper-based fungicides producing them? — ScienceDaily

Copper released into the environment from fungicides, brake pads, antifouling paints on boats and other sources may be contributing significantly to stratospheric ozone depletion, according to a new study from…