April 15, 2010

Waste plastic bags in lithium batteries

This is a very cool development from Argonne National Laboratory and could make plastic bags even more valuable.

Argonne chemist Vilas Pol found a way to recycle waste plastic bags into either carbon nanotubes (using a cobalt-based catalyst) or carbon spheres, which can be used in various applications such as electronics, paints, printers, lubricants and even components of rubber tire threads.

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