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Potential Chemicals from Plastic Wastes

Distillate and Heavy Oil Processing Division, CSIR-Indian Institute of Petroleum, Dehradun 248005, India
Prairie Research Institute-Illinois Sustainable Technology Center, University of Illinois Urbana—Champaign, Champaign, IL 61820, USA
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Academic Editor: Teobald Kupka
Molecules 2021, 26(11), 3175;
Received: 19 April 2021 / Revised: 20 May 2021 / Accepted: 24 May 2021 / Published: 26 May 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Featured Reviews in Applied Chemistry)
Plastic is referred to as a “material of every application”. From the packaging and automotive industries to the medical apparatus and computer electronics sectors, plastic materials are fulfilling demands efficiently. These plastics usually end up in landfills and incinerators, creating plastic waste pollution. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in 2015, 9.1% of the plastic materials generated in the U.S. municipal solid waste stream was recycled, 15.5% was combusted for energy, and 75.4% was sent to landfills. If we can produce high-value chemicals from plastic wastes, a range of various product portfolios can be created. This will help to transform chemical industries, especially the petrochemical and plastic sectors. In turn, we can manage plastic waste pollution, reduce the consumption of virgin petroleum, and protect human health and the environment. This review provides a description of chemicals that can be produced from different plastic wastes and the research challenges involved in plastic waste to chemical production. This review also provides a brief overview of the state-of-the-art processes to help future system designers in the plastic waste to chemicals area. View Full-Text
Keywords: plastic wastes; chemicals; chemical recycling; carbon nanomaterials; carbonization; biodegradable plastics plastic wastes; chemicals; chemical recycling; carbon nanomaterials; carbonization; biodegradable plastics
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Prajapati, R.; Kohli, K.; Maity, S.K.; Sharma, B.K. Potential Chemicals from Plastic Wastes. Molecules 2021, 26, 3175.

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Prajapati, Ravindra, Kirtika Kohli, Samir K. Maity, and Brajendra K. Sharma. 2021. "Potential Chemicals from Plastic Wastes" Molecules 26, no. 11: 3175.

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