Organocatalysis for versatile polymer degradation

Paul McKeown, Muhammed Kamran, Matthew G Davidson, Matthew Jones, Luis Roman Ramirez, Joe Wood

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The use of a simple, cheap and effective organocatalyst, tetramethylammonium methyl carbonate, has been exploited for the transesterification of a range of commercial polymer samples. PLA, PCL, PC and PET have been successfully broken down into useful products, with the repolymerisation of DMT to PET demonstrated, highlighting a truly circular economy approach.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3721-3726
Number of pages6
JournalGreen Chemistry
Issue number12
Early online date27 May 2020
Publication statusPublished - 21 Jun 2020


  • polylactic acid
  • depolymerisation
  • Catalyst layers


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