Alabama researchers are studying new ways to recycle plastics

Alabama researchers are studying new ways to recycle plastics

December 3, 2019
Press Release: Troy University

Troy University in Alabama has reported that its recently established Center for Material and Manufacturing Sciences has received a US$2.7 million grant to look at new methods of recycling plastic waste

A statement from Troy University says a new US$2.7 million grant will pay for scientists and students to work on plastics recycling projects, plus equipment to conduct the work.

“The recently established Center for Materials and Manufacturing Sciences at Troy University will focus on the recycling of plastics and the development of standards for the recycled plastics,” confirmed Dr Govind Menon, director of Troy’s School of Science and Technology. “It is evident from research, simple observation and the public attention drawn by the media that pollution by plastics is a major factor that will determine the eco-health of the planet. It is crucial that an unbiased academic center such as the CMMS exist to respond to this crisis.”

The grant is from the National Institute of Standards and Technology, which is part of the US Commerce Department. It provided another grant of US$3.2 million last year.

The research looks at ways to recycle polymers into new materials. Researchers will also study using hemp fiber to reinforce plastics and ways to test recycled material.

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