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Dynamic polymer network points the way to truly recyclable plastics

Crosslinked polymer networks known as thermoset plastics have many applications, but can’t be reshaped or recycled. A thermoset with reorganizable crosslinks retains its useful properties, but has recyclability built in.
Coralie Jehanno is at POLYMAT, University of the Basque Country UPV/EHU, Joxe Mari Korta Center, 20018 Donostia-San Sebastian, Spain.

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Haritz Sardon is at POLYMAT, University of the Basque Country UPV/EHU, Joxe Mari Korta Center, 20018 Donostia-San Sebastian, Spain.
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Nature 568, 467-468 (2019)

doi: 10.1038/d41586-019-01209-3

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