Dual-catalytic depolymerization of polyethylene terephthalate (PET)

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Limiting our plastic waste and finding greener, more sustainable
solutions for disposal is currently an environmental priority.
Polyethylene terephthalate (PET), one of the more prominent
single-use plastics, has recently been under investigation for
chemical recycling as a means to ameliorate the environmental
impact. This work reports a dual-catalytic approach to the chemical recycling of PET, aiming to combine inexpensive, readily available Lewis acid–base pairs to exhibit cooperative catalytic activity.


Original languageEnglish
JournalPolymer Chemistry
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 20 Feb 2020


  • depolymerization, PET, polyethylene terephthalate, plastic, sustainable polymers, catalytic activity