Status
Completed
Material Class
Polymers
specific materials
Polyethylene terephthalate (PET)
Polyethylene (PE)
Polypropylene (PP)
Polystyrene (PS)
18-01-RR-20

Scalable High Shear Catalyzed Depolymerizations of Multilayer Plastic Packaging

NODE
Technical Thrust
Recycling & Recovery
Mechanical Recycling Technologies for Sorting, Separating, & Liberating Materials
About

Industry is increasingly combining layers of different polymer materials to construct highly functional, lightweight packaging (e.g. to extend food life). These multilayer films are unfortunately less recyclable than single layer films. This project will investigate catalytic depolymerization as a cost-effective approach to process these films into higher value products suitable for use in a variety of applications.

project Members
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