Researchers working to ‘upcycle’ polymers

Read the full story from Case Western Reserve University.

A team of researchers led by Case Western Reserve University will investigate ways to improve how common plastics are recycled, an effort supported by a $2.5 million grant within the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) recently announced “Plastics Innovation Challenge.”

The Case Western Reserve-led team will work to develop and test a technique with help from government and industrial partners—one that blends the better parts of an efficient but cost-prohibitive chemical method of plastic recycling with typically high-output but low-efficiency mechanical means to “upcycle” up to 80% of the plastic it takes in.

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