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Chemists Find New Method For Recycling Common Plastics As Fuel

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[h=1]Chemists Find New Method For Recycling Common Plastics As Fuel[/h]
If you still lack the motivation needed to kick-start your recycling efforts but appreciate energy efficiency, a team of chemists may have just the innovation to get your engines revving.
Researchers from the Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry (SIOC) and University of California, Irvine (UCI) have discovered a new way to process the millions of tons of waste plastic we produce each year into usable fuel. As described in an article published this month in Science Advances, the project involved developing a method for using byproducts of oil refining processes to break down polyethylene plastic, the most common commercially available type, into useful compounds of polymer molecules, including liquid fuel.
The new method poses an efficient way of tackling two of our biggest environmental concerns: disposing of potentially harmful, slow-dissolving waste, and securing access to cleaner, cheaper energy. “Synthetic plastics are a fundamental part of modern life, but our use of them in large volume has created serious environmental problems,” UCI chemist Zhibin Guan explained in a press release. “Our goal through this research was to address the issue of plastic pollution as well as [achieve] a beneficial outcome of creating a new source of liquid fuel.”

In recent years, researchers and companies around the world have been exploring how to better utilize certain waste products as resources, from re-imagining used cardboard to recycling unused nuclear fuel. The Ocean Recovery Alliance’s Doug Woodring and the American Chemistry Council’s Steve Russell told Live Science in 2012 that because plastics are predominantly made using energy feedstocks from oil or natural gas (typically the latter in the U.S.), the stuff is particularly suited for reclaiming some energy from our waste stream. They explained,

The hydrocarbons that make up plastics are embodied in the material itself, essentially making plastics a form of stored energy, which can be turned into a liquid fuel source … [So it] makes sense that people are asking how to keep more of this valuable fuel in play, even after plastics are used, and how to keep it out of landfills.
The push to develop “waste-to-energy” options for our garbage has already had various companies processing plastic bags and bottles into liquid fuel, but methods-to-date have required the use of toxic, caustic chemicals (called “ radicals”) and large energy expenditures to break down the bonds between polymers, UCI and SIOC researchers point out. With their new method, waste plastics are instead broken down more efficiently through a process called cross-alkane metathesis, which uses “readily available” byproducts of oil refining as catalysts.
The team is still working to make the process even more efficient and to bring its costs down, but the project’s success is a happy harbinger for waste-to-energy recycling methods to come. A press release for the project noted, too, that the team is also looking ahead toward finding the right catalytic processes to “turn other plastic trash into treasure.”
A more detailed breakdown of the team’s innovative chemical process is available here from the experts at Science.

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