Plastic Waste – Polystyrene – Upcycling Process Reported

The abstract of an August 15, 2022 Proceedings of the US National Academy of Sciences article https://www.pnas.org/doi/10.1073/pnas.2203346119 by researchers with Virginia Tech and others reports: “… Polymer upcycling converts plastic waste to high-value chemicals … This report reveals a highly efficient and resilient approach of degradation-upcycling (Deg-Up) to upcycling plastic wastes, by utilizing judiciously selected cascade reactions rather than complicated, sophisticated, and expensive catalysts. We find that the degradation-upcycling approach effectively upcycles polystyrene to high-value products, including diphenylmethane, benzophenone, 1,2-diphenylethane, or 4-oxo-4-phenyl-butyric acid …” #PlasticWaste #SingleUsePlastic #Recycling #Polystyrene @virginia_tech