Chemical Recycling of Waste Plastics II
AIChE Annual Meeting
2021 Annual Meeting
Catalysis and Reaction Engineering Division
John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center
Monday, November 8, 2021 - 12:30pm to 3:00pm
The rate of plastics production is currently higher than 400 million metric tons per year and is predicted to reach 700 million metric tons by 2030. 25% of plastic waste is incinerated and 20% is recycled, mostly by mechanical processes, resulting in downcycled or reduced value polymers. The rest is discarded into landfills and oceans, posing an environmental hazard. A promising approach to overcome the waste plastic problem and reach a “circular economy of plastics” is polymer upcycling, consisting in chemically converting waste plastics into fuels and/or value-added molecules. The current session welcomes any work targeting conversion of waste plastics to upgraded products.
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