Food scraps make perfect plastic

Sample, Ian
November 2002
New Scientist;11/23/2002, Vol. 176 Issue 2370, p25
Focuses on a biological reactor developed by biochemical engineer Jian Yu and his colleagues at the Hawaii Natural Energy Institute in Honolulu, Hawai that converts a slurry of food waste into a biodegradable plastic. Information on biodegradable polymer (PHB) made by British chemicals company; Process used by Yu in developing a cheaper PHB; Differences observed by Yu when using silicone rubber sheath in comparison to polyester sheath.


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