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Keywords:

  • renewable polymers;
  • recycling;
  • nanocomposites;
  • thiol-ene click chemistry
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A materials engineering strategy that combines a breakthrough development in renewable polymer synthesis with an advancement in petroleum-derived plastics recycling is reported by K. Hearon and co-workers on page 1552: polymeric nanocomposites composed of a naturally derived rubber matrix phase and a recycled polystyrene precipitated phase are shown to exhibit mechanical behavior that greatly exceeds that of polystyrene and the naturally derived rubber alone.