Assoc Prof Duong Hai-Minh (centre) and his team from NUS Mechanical Engineering developed a technique that converts pineapple leaf fibres into ultra-light, biodegradable aerogels.


Out of a 100 plastic bottles discarded here, only six are recycled. The rest end up either buried in landfills or as trash on land and sea. 


By Yiming Woo SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Researchers in Singapore are seeking a patent for a new sound-proof and heat-resistant material made from recycled plastic bottles they say could help reduce plastic waste dumped in oceans and clogging landfills.


World’s first PET aerogels cut plastic waste, and are suitable for heat and sound insulation, oil spill cleaning, carbon dioxide absorption, as well as fire safety applications

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