Organocatalysis for versatile polymer degradation

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

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3721-3726
Number of pages6
JournalGreen Chemistry
Volume22
Issue number12
Early online date27 May 2020
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 27 May 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Pollution

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