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New ultralight material offers many uses for plastic waste, researchers say


An NUS researcher explains how  Aerogel can be enhanced with various chemicals at NUS's Department of Mechanical Engineering in Singapore. — Reuters

An NUS researcher explains how Aerogel can be enhanced with various chemicals at NUS's Department of Mechanical Engineering in Singapore. — Reuters

SINGAPORE: Researchers in Singapore are seeking a patent for a new sound-proof and heat-resistant material made from recycled plastic bottles they say could help reduce plastic waste dumped in oceans and clogging landfills. 

The National University of Singapore team said it had found a way to convert bottles made from polyethylene terephthalate (PET) into aerogels that have many potential uses – from insulation and fire safety to cleaning up oil spills. 

   

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