Summary of Findings - The conversion of waste PET plastic to a high value added biodegradable plastic

Summary of Findings - STRIVE Report 77

Summary: Summary of Findings - STRIVE Report 77, Dr. Kevin O’ Connor, Shane T. Kenny, Jasmina Nikodinovic Runic.

Published: 2011

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Pages: 2

Filesize: 417KB

Format: pdf

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This project reports the results of a research program that aimed at converting waste plastic into a biodegradable plastic.Petrochemical plastics, such as polyethylene terephthalate (PET) (e.g. plastic bottles), have become indispensible to modern society.  Their durable nature and relative low cost of production have seen them become invaluable in modern society.  The extremely recalcitrant nature of these plastics coupled with the fast paced disposable culture of today has lead to a variety of different plastics becoming a major waste problem within Ireland, the EU and worldwide.  A combination of a chemical treatment and a biological process was employed by the research team to produce the value added polymer PHA from waste PET plastic.

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