Wednesday, 28 November 2018

McGill researchers use lobster shells to make biodegradeable plastic

McGill researchers use lobster shells to make biodegradeable plastic

Researchers at McGill say they've discovered a simple way to make biodegradable plastic from the hard shells of lobsters, shrimps, crabs and insects such as crickets and beetles. Audrey Moores, an associate professor of applied chemistry, came up with the process along with graduate student Thomas Di Nardo. "It remains biodegradeable, so if it goes in the environment it's not going to pollute," Moores told CBC Montreal. "But by processing it well we can make it into a durable plastic."

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