Julien M Lecuyer

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We describe the organocatalytic depolymerization of poly(ethylene terephthalate) (PET), using a commercially available guanidine catalyst, 1,5,7-triazabicyclo[4.4.0]dec-5-ene (TBD). Postconsumer PET beverage bottles were used and processed with 1.0 mol % (0.7 wt %) of TBD and excess amount of ethylene glycol (EG) at 190 C for 3.5 hours under atmospheric(More)
We describe investigations with B3LYP density functional theory to probe mechanisms for the organocatalyzed depolymerization of poly(ethylene) terephthalate (PET) into ester and amide products. These investigations utilize model systems involving the trans-esterification and amidation of methylbenzoate (MB) with ethylene glycol (EG), ethylenediamine (EDA),(More)
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