Chemical Conversion Process Could Turn the Ocean’s Plastic Waste Into Clean Fuels


One research team is trying to tackle the growing problem of plastic waste ending up in the ocean.

Purdue University researchers have created a new chemical conversion technique that could turn 90 percent of polyolefin waste, a common form of plastic, into more beneficial products like clean fuels, pure polymers, naphtha and monomers.

“Our strategy is to create a driving force for recycling by converting polyolefin waste into a wide range of valuable products, including polymers, naphtha [a mixture of hydrocarbons], or clean fuels,” Linda Wang, the Maxine Spencer Nichols Professor in the Davidson School of Chemical Engineering at Purdue University and leader of the research team developing this technology, said in a statement.

“Our conversion technology has the potential to boost the profits of the recycling industry and shrink the world’s plastic waste stock.”

Source: Chemical Conversion Process Could Turn the Ocean’s Plastic Waste Into Clean Fuels

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