Synthetic Materials That Will Shape the Future



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Synthetic Materials infographic

Synthetic Materials That Will Shape the Future

Synthetic materials have been in our lives for a considerable time now. Since the introduction of nylon in the 1940s, we have used synthetic materials in almost every aspect of our lives.

We have synthetic materials everywhere—from garments and medicine to sportswear and tactical gear. So what are synthetic materials anyway?

Materials produced by humans in laboratories or industries with chemical processes that do not commonly occur in nature are known as synthetic materials.

In the above infographic from HydroGraph, we look at the synthetic materials that have the potential to change the future.

Five Synthetic Materials with the Power to Change the World

Chemists have discovered new catalysts and developed new synthetic routes to create materials with really specific applications.

Today, synthetic materials have gone beyond everyday household items to shape several major industries. Here are five types that will be instrumental in the future:

1. Bioplastics

As we are often reminded, plastics do not degrade and are visible sources of environmental pollution. To complicate things further, the building blocks of these materials, which we call monomers, are historically derived from crude oil, a non-renewable resource.

But that is now changing. Bioplastics are plastics that either: originate from a renewable resource, are biodegradable, or are both. Bioplastics represent an evolution within the plastics marketplace due to their benefits as new applications and technologies are developed.

2. Plastic Electronics

Initially discovered in the late (Read more...)