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Designing Biobased Recyclable Polymers for Plastics

Hatti-Kaul, Rajni LU ; Nilsson, Lars J. LU ; Zhang, Baozhong LU ; Rehnberg, Nicola LU and Lundmark, Stefan LU (2019) In Trends in Biotechnology
Abstract

Several concurrent developments are shaping the future of plastics. A transition to a sustainable plastics system requires not only a shift to fossil-free feedstock and energy to produce the carbon-neutral building blocks for polymers used in plastics, but also a rational design of the polymers with both desired material properties for functionality and features facilitating their recyclability. Biotechnology has an important role in producing polymer building blocks from renewable feedstocks, and also shows potential for recycling of polymers. Here, we present strategies for improving the performance and recyclability of the polymers, for enhancing degradability to monomers, and for improving chemical recyclability by designing... (More)

Several concurrent developments are shaping the future of plastics. A transition to a sustainable plastics system requires not only a shift to fossil-free feedstock and energy to produce the carbon-neutral building blocks for polymers used in plastics, but also a rational design of the polymers with both desired material properties for functionality and features facilitating their recyclability. Biotechnology has an important role in producing polymer building blocks from renewable feedstocks, and also shows potential for recycling of polymers. Here, we present strategies for improving the performance and recyclability of the polymers, for enhancing degradability to monomers, and for improving chemical recyclability by designing polymers with different chemical functionalities.

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biobased plastics, biodegradability, chemical recycling, circular economy, glass transition temperature, polymer design
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Trends in Biotechnology
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0167-7799
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10.1016/j.tibtech.2019.04.011
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STEPS – Sustainable Plastics and Transition Pathways
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English
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  title        = {Designing Biobased Recyclable Polymers for Plastics},
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