plastic-bag-litter.jpgWaste plastic from “throwaway” carrier bags can be readily converted into carbon nanotubes, cylindrical carbon molecules that have novel properties to make them potentially useful in nanotechnology, electronics, optics and other fields.

The chemist who developed the technique says this is one of the cheapest and most environmentally friendly ways to grow nanotubes, and has even used the nanotubes to make lithium-ion batteries.

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