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Designing Bio-Sourced Polymers that Enable Recycling

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Plastics are key components of virtually any modern technology, but the properties that make them so useful degrade with repeated mechanical recycling. Depolymerizing polymers back to monomers would provide the same control over polymer properties that virgin production affords. However, this process can be challenging, especially with polyolefins. What if we could produce new polymers with the same highly desired properties as current polymers, but designed from the start for recycling?

Join Stefan Mecking of the University of Konstanz as he reimagines polymer recycling and discusses how hydrocarbon polymers and their specific material property profiles can be designed for low effort efficient recycling.

This ACS Webinar is moderated by Mark Jones, Executive External Strategy and Communications Fellow, Dow Chemical (retired) and co-produced with the ACS Division of Polymer Chemistry.

What You Will Learn

  • What is solvolysis and how it can enable plastics recycling
  • How renewable polycarbonates and polyesters with a low density of in-chain functional groups as break points in a polyethylene chain can be recycled chemically
  • How long-chain building blocks for polycondensation can be created from common plant oil feedstocks or microalgae oils
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Stefan Mecking
Chair of Chemical Materials Science,
Department of Chemistry,
University of Konstanz

Mark Jones
Fromer Executive External Strategy and Communications Fellow,
Dow Chemical (Retired)

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