Sustainable development of polymers for a circular plastics economy
Over the past five years, the Chen research group has made significant strides in the development of infinitely recyclable plastic materials (polymers). Virgin-quality plastic is regenerated with every chemical recycle, as opposed to the severely compromised materials returned by common mechanical recycling which contribute to the accumulation of plastic waste. This work describes the environmentally friendly, metal-free polymerization and depolymerization of monomer/polymer systems with the "gene" for full chemical recyclability. The sustainable methods developed in this work enabled multi-gram ...
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