Researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS) turn plastic bottle waste into ultralight material – aerogel with wide-ranging applications. World’s first PET aerogels are suitable for heat and sound insulation, oil spill cleaning, carbon dioxide absorption as well as fire safety applications.
Researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS) have made a significant contribution towards resolving the global issue of plastic waste. Plastic bottles are commonly made from polyethylene terephthalate (PET), which is the most recycled plastic in the world. The PET aerogels are soft, flexible, durable, extremely light and easy to handle. They also demonstrate superior thermal insulation and strong absorption capacity. These properties make them attractive for a wide range of applications.