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Stanford chemists craft catalyst for making biodegradable plastics

University: Stanford University

Objective of study: Development of a catalyst that could make biodegradable plastics derived from renewable materials

Process and applications:

  • Biodegradable plastics derived from renewable sources offer an attractive alternative
  • New chemical approaches that could efficiently and inexpensively generate biodegradable plastics suitable for making an array of items as diverse as forks, medical devices and fabrics
  • The researchers crafted the catalyst by reacting common chemical ingredients – thiourea with a metal alkoxide


  • They are simple to prepare, easy to use and can be readily adopted by anyone with a basic knowledge of chemistry

University Details

Stanford University

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Biodegradable Plastics

Professor Robert Waymouth