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Molecular catalyst systems as key enablers for tailored polyesters and polycarbonate recycling concepts

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Science Advances  10 Aug 2018:
Vol. 4, no. 8, eaat9669
DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.aat9669


A transition metal catalyst system for the selective catalytic depolymerization of various polyester- and polycarbonate-based materials is presented. The use of a molecular ruthenium catalyst with selected triphos ligands enabled a selective hydrogenolysis of a large diversity of polymeric consumer products, paving the way to innovative and sustainable recycling strategies within a circular economy.

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