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Durable plastic pollution easily, cleanly degrades with new catalyst

November 30, 2023

Once in the environment, Nylon-6 lingers for thousands of years, littering waterways, breaking corals, and strangling marine life. Now, Tobin Marks, Yosi Kratish, and additional Marks Lab researchers have developed a new catalyst that quickly, cleanly, and completely breaks down this plastic in minutes, without generating harmful byproducts. Even better: the process requires no toxic solvents, expensive materials, or extreme conditions, making it practical for everyday applications.