Plastics with embedded enzymes could self-clean or self-destruct

Fraunhofer scientists have demonstrated a new form of bifunctional plastic in the form of film and granules

Scientists at Germany’s Fraunhofer Institute have spent the last few years working on futuristic forms of plastic that do much more than act as take-out containers or straws for your iced latte, and they’re starting to make some exciting inroads. The team has worked out a way to embed active enzymes in the material that can give it different capabilities, such as an ability to break down proteins on the surface or degrade itself to avoid polluting the environment.

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