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Special Issue "Waste Plastics into Fuel, Energy and Chemicals"
A special issue of Applied Sciences (ISSN 2076-3417). This special issue belongs to the section "Environmental and Sustainable Science and Technology".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 November 2019.
Department of Chemistry “Ugo Schiff” of the University of Florence, Via della Lastruccia 3-13, 50019 Sesto F.no, Florence, Italy
Interests: Microwave pyrolysis of plastic waste for fuel and chemicals production; Microwave pyrolysis of biomass for fuel and chemicals production
ReCord – Renewable Energy Consortium for Research and Demonstration and Department of Industrial Engineering of the University of Florence, Viale Morgagni 40, Florence, Italy
Interests: hydrothermal carbonization and liquefaction; pyrolysis; biocrude upgrading; biochar and biochar-derived products chararacterization and use; bio and thermochemical process integration; biofuels and biopoducts
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Plastic waste is present in solid urban waste in large quantities, and mechanical separation prior to recycling is necessary to manage these materials. However, the difficulties deriving from organic contamination, inadequate sorting before recycling which involves mixing of different polymers in the collected flows, presence of hazardous materials, presence of plastic composites difficult to recycle and reuse, and the high energy requirements often associated with wasted handling and processing, hamper a complete recycling process for many plastic flows.
Thermochemical conversion processes such as pyrolysis and gasification have attracted considerable attention for the management of plastic wastes. The conversion of these feedstocks to valuable fuel or energy is possible given their petrochemical origin: Furthermore, some hydrolytic treatments can also be conveniently used for the treatment of specific types of plastics.
Thermochemical conversion generates gaseous, liquid, and solid fractions, and can be driven to maximize some of these streams. Gas that is rich in hydrocarbons, and liquids can be used as fuels as a raw stream or upgraded through catalytic upgrading, or as a source for the production of valuable chemicals. The solid char may be employed as a filler to obtain composites, as an active carbon, or as a solid fuel.
We warmly invite you to submit your latest studies or research works concerning thermal and/or catalytic conversion processes of plastic waste aimed at obtaining fuels, energy, or chemicals of industrial interest.
The aims of this Special Issue are
- To study thermochemical conversion as a valuable solution to process waste plastics and convert them into fuel, energy, or chemicals.
- To study the plethora of waste streams that can undergo thermochemical treatments.
- To study different plants for thermochemical processes.
- To compare traditional, new, and/or combined processes for the conversion of waste plastics, including heating types such as induction, microwave irradiation, etc.
- To study the characteristics of the products obtained from the different thermochemical processes and to study the influence of the experimental parameters on the yield and the propriety of the products.
- To study the synthesis and the activity of catalysts in the thermochemical conversion of plastic waste.
- To study how to directly convert the waste polymers into scaffold molecules for a reuse in the synthesis of valuable intermediate chemicals or in new polymers.
- To present demonstrative case studies.
Prof. Luca Rosi
Prof. Eng. David Chiaramonti
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- Plastic waste
- Thermochemical conversion
- Catalytic conversion
- Techno-economic analysis
- Life cycle assessment