Up-cycling of PET (polyethylene terephthalate) to the biodegradable plastic PHA (polyhydroxyalkanoate).

@article{Kenny2008UpcyclingOP,
  title={Up-cycling of PET (polyethylene terephthalate) to the biodegradable plastic PHA (polyhydroxyalkanoate).},
  author={Shane T. Kenny and Jasmina Nikodinovic Runic and Walter Dr. Kaminsky and T Woods and Ramesh Padamati Babu and Chris M Keely and Werner J. Blau and Kevin E O'Connor},
  journal={Environmental science & technology},
  year={2008},
  volume={42 20},
  pages={
          7696-701
        }
}
The conversion of the petrochemical polymer polyethylene terephthalate (PET) to a biodegradable plastic polyhydroxyal-kanoate (PHA) is described here. PET was pyrolised at 450 degrees C resulting in the production of a solid, liquid, and gaseous fraction. The liquid and gaseous fractions were burnt for energy recovery, whereas the solid fraction terephthalic acid (TA) was used as the feedstock for bacterial production of PHA. Strains previously reported to grow on TA were unable to accumulate… CONTINUE READING
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