Closed-loop recycling of polyethylene-like materials

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New interesting article published in Nature by Manuel Häußler, Marcel Eck, Dario Rothauer and Stefan Mecking.

 

In their study the researchers present how renewable polycarbonates and polyesters can be chemically recycled by solvoysis and note an effective recovery rate of over 96 %. What is intersting here is that despite the recycling process the desired properties of the materials are fully retained. The researchers connect the resulting materials interestingly to 3D printer applications. The innovative approach might be a starting point for replacing vinyl polymers with polyesters with similar properties and making the recycling possible and easier this way.

Check out the full article here.