New anti-germ biodegradable plastic
A team of Spanish researchers has developed a germ-destroying plastic that degrades by itself once it has come to the end of its useful life.
The team from CSIC (Spanish Council for Scientific Research) sees many possibilities for the experimental procedure in the field of food packaging, although it may also have applications in medical supplies such as syringes, catheters and biosensors.
The director of the Research project, Marcos Fernández, has highlighted its commercial viability for the plastics industry.
The sought-after properties were obtained using a photo-catalyzer based on a modified titanium oxide, directly incorporated in the molding process of the plastic component.
The oxide uses sunlight as the energy source to degrade the plastic material at the end of its lifecycle.