Coates collaborated with a group from the University of Minnesota and together the team’s work is detailed in the paper “Combining Polyethylene and Polypropylene: Enhanced Performance With PE/iPP Multiblock Polymers,” published in Science. James Eagan, a postdoctoral researcher in Coates’ group, is lead author of the paper. Other collaborators included researcher Anne LaPointe and former visiting scientist Rocco DiGirolamo.
When Coates, a professor of chemistry and chemical biology at Cornell University, gives a talk about plastics and recycling, he usually opens with this question: What percentage of the 78 million tons of plastic used for packaging – for example, a 2-liter bottle or a take-out food container – actually gets recycled and re-used in a similar way?
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