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Upcycling plastic waste toward sustainable energy storage

What if you could solve two of Earth’s biggest problems in one stroke? ECE Professor Mihri Ozkan and ME Professor Cengiz Ozkan have developed a way to recycle plastic waste, such as soda or water bottles, into a nanomaterial useful for energy storage. They have been working for years on creating improved energy storage materials from sustainable sources, such as glass bottles, beach sand, Silly Putty, and portabella mushrooms. Their latest success could reduce plastic pollution and hasten the transition to 100% clean energy. More details can be found at UCR News and the video clip.