Microwave-initiated catalytic deconstruction of plastic waste into hydrogen and high-value carbons

@article{Jie2020MicrowaveinitiatedCD,
  title={Microwave-initiated catalytic deconstruction of plastic waste into hydrogen and high-value carbons},
  author={Xiangyu Jie and Weisong Li and Daniel R. Slocombe and Yige Gao and Ira Banerjee and Sergio Gonzalez-Cortes and Benzhen Yao and Hamid A. A. Almegren and Saeed M. Alshihri and Jonathan R. Dilworth and John Meurig Thomas and Tiancun Xiao and Peter P. Edwards},
  journal={Nature Catalysis},
  year={2020},
  volume={3},
  pages={902 - 912}
}
The ubiquitous challenge of plastic waste has led to the modern descriptor plastisphere to represent the human-made plastic environment and ecosystem. Here we report a straightforward rapid method for the catalytic deconstruction of various plastic feedstocks into hydrogen and high-value carbons. We use microwaves together with abundant and inexpensive iron-based catalysts as microwave susceptors to initiate the catalytic deconstruction process. The one-step process typically takes 30–90 s to… 

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