The Plastic of no Plastic – Catalyst for Biodegradable Materials Found

A CHEMICAL catalyst has been identified which could give surgeons biodegradable medical devices made from plastic.

An inexpensive and efficient process for making biodegradable plastics could save millions of tons of petroleum-derived plastics from landfills.

The catalyst comprises an organic substance that lowers the energy required to convert plant into plastic. The tools would be made from palm trees and beets.

It contains no heavy metals and is therefore biodegradable itself.

The discovery was a result of a collaboration between the Department of Chemistry at Stanford University and IBM part funded in part by the National Science Foundation.