New Plastic From Sulfur -- Pyun Lab (IMAGE) University of Arizona Caption A University of Arizona-led research team has discovered a simple process for making a new lightweight plastic from the inexpensive and abundant element sulfur. The petri dish on the left contains the plastic. The yellow powder on the right is sulfur. The team has already made a lithium-sulfur battery -- the type of next- generation battery that is lighter and cheaper than those currently used in electric and hybrid cars. Credit Jared Griebel/ Pyun lab, University of Arizona department of chemistry and biochemistry. Usage Restrictions This photo may be used only to illustrate a story about the research described in the release, "Better batteries from Waste Sulfur." Please include the photo credit with the photo. License Licensed content Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.