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05/13/2014

Bio-Plastic that degrades in two weeks

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   By isolating the chitin in shrimps' exoskeleton it is possible to create an alternative to plastic that can break down in two weeks to provide nutrients for plants.
    The approach will include mimicking the molecular structure of the chitin as closely as possible and then adding silk derivatives and wood flour. These additions will help to ensure the material will not crack or shrink while it is being used for injection molding. The new material can be altered for use in water or dyed by altering the acidity of the compound, and can be 3D printed into large sizes.
    The short-lived, bio-friendly material could provide an alternative for the mounds of plastic currently used to create temporary containers.
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