Catalytic Upcycling of Waste Plastics I: Focus on Commodity Plastic Waste
AIChE Annual Meeting
2022 Annual Meeting
Catalysis and Reaction Engineering Division
Phoenix Convention Center
Tuesday, November 15, 2022 - 8:00am to 10:30am
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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