An engineered PET depolymerase to break down and recycle plastic bottles

  title={An engineered PET depolymerase to break down and recycle plastic bottles},
  author={V. Tournier and C. Topham and A. Gilles and B. David and C. Folgoas and E. Moya-Leclair and E. Kamionka and M.-L. Desrousseaux and H. Texier and S. Gavald{\`a} and M. Cot and E. Gu{\'e}mard and M. Dalibey and J. Nomme and G. Cioci and S. Barbe and M. Chateau and I. Andr{\'e} and S. Duquesne and A. Marty},
  • V. Tournier, C. Topham, +17 authors A. Marty
  • Published 2020
  • Chemistry, Medicine
  • Nature
  • Present estimates suggest that of the 359 million tons of plastics produced annually worldwide 1 , 150–200 million tons accumulate in landfill or in the natural environment 2 . Poly(ethylene terephthalate) (PET) is the most abundant polyester plastic, with almost 70 million tons manufactured annually worldwide for use in textiles and packaging 3 . The main recycling process for PET, via thermomechanical means, results in a loss of mechanical properties 4 . Consequently, de novo synthesis is… CONTINUE READING
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