Upcycling polyethylene plastic waste into valuable molecules

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Researchers develop a one-pot, low temperature catalytic method to turn polyethylene polymers into alkylaromatic molecules.

Associated journal article: Fan Zhang, Manhao Zeng, Ryan D. Yappert, Jiakai Sun, Yu-Hsuan Lee, Anne M. LaPointe, Baron Peters, Mahdi M. Abu-Omar, Susannah L. Scott. Polyethylene upcycling to long-chain alkylaromatics by tandem hydrogenolysis/aromatizationScience, 2020; 370 (6515): 437 DOI: 10.1126/science.abc5441

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