18 Sep '12, 1pm

Researchers Turn Used Cooking Oil into Plastics

Researchers Turn Used Cooking Oil into Plastics

Researchers are developing a mehtod of converting spent cooking oil into medical-grade bioplastics. Photo: Flickr/_e.t Soon the same cooking oil used to fry your child’s chicken nuggets could be used to replace your uncle’s hip. That’s according to scientists at the Society for General Microbiology ’s Autumn Conference late last month, who say that bioplastics derived from waste cooking oil could be not only be a viable, ecologically responsible way of producing medical grade plastics, but also a cheaper alternative in the long run. The groundbreaking process was unveiled at the conference by a team of researchers at the University of Wolverhampton in England. Typically, plastics derived from glucose are expensive to manufacture. The team found that the bioplastic-producting bacteria they use to make bioplastics grew better in cooking oil within a 48 hour period. The plast...

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