Petroleum based polymers such as polyesters and polycarbonates make up a significant proportion of the 100 million tonnes of plastic waste generated globally every year, of which only between 5–30% is recycled. Traditional recycling commonly leads to new plastics with inferior properties that frequently find use in lower grade applications, such as fibres or carpeting.
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Controlled hydrogenative depolymerization of polyesters and polycarbonates catalyzed by ruthenium(II) PNN pincer complexes
Eric M. Krall, Tyler W. Klein, Ryan J. Andersen, Alex J. Nett, Ryley W. Glasgow, Diana S. Reader, Brian C. Dauphinais, Sean P. Mc Ilrath, Anne A. Fischer, Michael J. Carney, Dylan J. Hudson and Nicholas J. Robertson
Chem. Commun., 2014, Advance Article, DOI: 10.1039/C4CC00541D