Organocatalysis for versatile polymer degradation

Paul McKeown, Muhammad Kamran, Matthew Davidson, Matthew Jones, Luis Román-Ramírez, Joe Wood

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The use of a simple, cheap and effective organocatalyst, tetramethylammonium methyl carbonate, has been exploited for the transesterification of a range of commercial polymer samples. PLA, PCL, PC and PET have been successfully broken down into useful products, with the repolymerisation of DMT to PET demonstrated, highlighting a truly circular economy approach.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 665992 

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3721-3726
Number of pages6
JournalGreen Chemistry
Issue number12
Early online date27 May 2020
Publication statusPublished - 5 Dec 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Pollution


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