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Microalgae: Sustainable Chemical Production in a Mini Factory

Renewable raw materials that can be used as alternatives to fossil resources already exist. However, to turn them into everyday products, plant oils and other renewable raw materials not only have to be extracted, but often have to undergo complex chemical processing. Researchers at the University of Konstanz have now converted microalgae cells into tiny refineries to produce and upgrade raw materials, and thus create a supply of sustainable chemicals.

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'Just have a Think' discusses our recent paper

A truly compostable plastic is something scientists all over the world have been striving towards for years. There have been many variations on the theme but none that seemed to totally solve our plastic pollution problem. Now a team from the University of Konstanz in Germany reckon they've come pretty close.

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Regarding its properties and structure, the novel polyester resembles high density polyethylene (HDPE), but at the same time, it is recyclable and biodegradable. Copyright: Mecking lab

Strong and Biodegradable

A polyester plastic of great mechanical stability, which is also easily recyclable and even compostable: Stefan Mecking, chemist at the University of Konstanz, and his research group present a new material.

uni'kon: Kunststoffe neu gedacht: vom Rohstoff bis zum Recycling

Stefan Mecking, Professor für Chemische Materialwissenschaft, entwickelt und erforscht mit seiner Arbeitsgruppe am Fachbereich Chemie der Universität Konstanz katalytische Verfahren, die auf mehreren Ebenen die Umweltvertäglichkeit von Kunststoffen steigern.

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