When could "your" newly researched plastic be used?
Mecking: Under the current general conditions, polyolefins are difficult to beat in terms of price. But how the legal requirements regarding real recycling, beyond one-off 'downcycling', develop in the next few years will be interesting for everyone. Beyond that, certain applications in which the material has advantageous properties are already current, for example in the field of 3D printing.
What other steps will follow in your research?
Mecking: We are currently investigating – partly with partners – the suitability for special processing methods and applications. We are also quantifying the degradation in other environments, such as soils or seawater.