Plastic recycling with a protein anchor

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Polystyrene is a widespread plastic that is essentially not recyclable when mixed with other materials and is not biodegradable. A research team has now introduced a biohybrid catalyst that oxidizes polystyrene microparticles to facilitate their subsequent degradation. The catalyst consists of a specially constructed ‘anchor peptide’ that adheres to polystyrene surfaces and a cobalt complex that oxidizes polystyrene.
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