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  • Black plastic can’t be recycled – but we’ve just found a way to use the carbon in renewable energy

    The Conversation , 17th Jun 2019

    "Only a small proportion of the hundreds of types of plastics can be recycled by conventional technology. But there are other things we can do to reuse plastics after they’ve served their original purpose. My research, for example, focuses on chemical recycling, and I’ve been looking into how food packaging can be used to create new materials like wires for electricity." - Dr Alvin Orbaek White

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  • Researchers share their protocol for handling carbon nanotubes

    Phys.org , 17th Jun 2019

    In collaboration with a Rice University laboratory, the Energy Safety Research Institute (ESRI) at Swansea University has developed and shared a low-cost method to safely handle the transfer of bulk carbon nanotubes and other nanomaterials. It doesn't take much more than 10 minutes, a couple of bags and a big bucket to keep the nanomaterials in their place.

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  • Nanomaterial safety on a nano budget

    7th Space , 13th Jun 2019

    Barron said it took lab members time to learn to use the protocol efficiently, "but now they can get their samples in 5 to 10 minutes." He's sure other labs can and will enhance the technique for their own circumstances. He noted a poster presented at the Ninth Guadalupe Workshop on the proper handling of carbon nanotubes earned recognition and discussion among the world's premier researchers in the field, noting the importance of the work for agencies in general.

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  • Nanomaterial safety on a nano budget

    True Viral News , 9th Jun 2019

    “There was a series of studies that said if you’re going to handle nanotubes, you really need to use safety protocols,” Barron said. “Then I saw a study that said many labs didn’t use any form of hood or containment system. In the U.S., it was really bad, and in Asia it was even worse. But there are a significant number of labs scaling up to use these materials at the kilogram scale without taking the proper precautions.”

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  • Nanomaterial safety on a nano budget

    Chem Europe , 5th Jun 2019

    The Rice University lab of chemist Andrew Barron works with bulk carbon nanotubes on a variety of projects. Years ago, members of the lab became concerned that nanotubes could escape into the air, and developed a cheap and clean method to keep them contained as they were transferred from large containers into jars for experimental use.

    More recently Barron himself became concerned that too few labs around the world were employing best practices to handle nanomaterials. He decided to share what his Rice team had learned.

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