Researchers found a new way to turn plastic waste, into liquid fuel.
Polyethylenes, that are made of many copies of ethylene, make up the 60% of the plastics waste worldwide.
Scientists reported, at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, by chemist Maurice Brookhart and colleagues, that they develop catalysts, that are normally used to link alkanes (short hydrocarbons), together into longer, hydrocarbon chains, such as those found in diesel fuel.
“This is very innovative and a clever application of these catalysts.”
According to a World Economic Forum (WEF) report:
“If no action is taken, this is expected to increase to two