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UC Santa Barbara Part Of $23 Million Dollar Effort To Develop Environmentally Friendly Plastics

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A South Coast university is sharing a more than $23 million dollar federal grant for an ambitious project to develop more sustainable and environmentally friendly alternatives to petroleum-based plastics.

UC Santa Barbara and UCLA have been named joint partners in the five-year, $23.7-million-dollar effort funded by the National Science Foundation.

The hope is to develop synthetic polymers which are sustainable, bio-based, and cost effective.  If the effort is successful, it may mean a drastic change in the way polymers are made.

The intent is to create materials which don’t have the environmental impacts of currently used plastics. 

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