Laser blasts could solve the world’s plastic problem

Laser blasts could solve the world’s plastic problem

Researchers have developed a way to blast the molecules in plastics and other materials with a laser to break them down into their smallest parts for future reuse. The method involves laying these materials on top of two-dimensional materials called transition metal dichalcogenides and then lighting them up. The discovery has the potential to improve how we dispose of plastics that are nearly impossible to break down with today’s technologies. “By harnessing these unique reactions, we can explore new pathways …