UD wins federal grant to establish Center for Plastics Innovation

Every year millions of tons of plastic bottles, coffee cups, grocery bags and other waste enter our environment, from landfills to vast garbage patches in the ocean. These plastics can persist for decades, posing health threats to humans and wildlife.

Think about how the entire planet would benefit if more of this plastic could be recycled or reimagined instead of trashed.

The Center for Plastics Innovation (CPI), a new research center at the University of Delaware, is now taking aim at that challenge. Funded by an $11.65 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy, CPI is one of six new Energy Frontier Research Centers (EFRCs) established across the U.S. to accelerate scientific breakthroughs in critical areas.

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