Organocatalysis for versatile polymer degradation

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  • Paul McKeown
  • Muhammed Kamran
  • Matthew G Davidson
  • Matthew Jones

Colleges, School and Institutes

External organisations

  • University of Bath


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