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dc.contributor.authorZhao, Xinen_US
dc.contributor.authorBoruah, Bhanupriyaen_US
dc.contributor.authorChin, Kek Fooen_US
dc.contributor.authorĐokić, Milošen_US
dc.contributor.authorModak, Jayant Men_US
dc.contributor.authorSoo, Han Senen_US
dc.identifier.citationZhao, X., Boruah, B., Chin, K. F., Đokić, M., Modak, J. M. & Soo, H. S. (2022). Upcycling to sustainably reuse plastics. Advanced Materials, 34(25), e2100843-.
dc.description.abstractPlastics are now indispensable in daily lives. However, the pollution from plastics is also increasingly becoming a serious environmental issue. Recent years have seen more sustainable approaches and technologies, commonly known as upcycling, to transform plastics into value-added materials and chemical feedstocks. In this review, the latest research on upcycling is presented, with a greater focus on the use of renewable energy as well as the more selective methods to repurpose synthetic polymers. First, thermal upcycling approaches are briefly introduced, including the redeployment of plastics for construction uses, 3D printing precursors, and lightweight materials. Then, some of the latest novel strategies to deconstruct condensation polymers to monomers for repolymerization or introduce vulnerable linkers to make the plastics more degradable are discussed. Subsequently, the review will explore the breakthroughs in plastics upcycling by heterogeneous and homogeneous photocatalysis, as well as electrocatalysis, which transform plastics into more versatile fine chemicals and materials while simultaneously mitigating global climate change. In addition, some of the biotechnological advances in the discovery and engineering of microbes that can decompose plastics are also presented. Finally, the current challenges and outlook for future plastics upcycling are discussed to stimulate global cooperation in this field.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipMinistry of Education (MOE)en_US
dc.relationRG 111/18en_US
dc.relationRT 05/19en_US
dc.relation.ispartofAdvanced Materialsen_US
dc.rights© 2021 Wiley-VCH GmbH. All rights reserved.en_US
dc.titleUpcycling to sustainably reuse plasticsen_US
dc.typeJournal Articleen
dc.contributor.schoolSchool of Physical and Mathematical Sciencesen_US
dc.contributor.researchSolar Fuels Laboratoryen_US
dc.subject.keywordsArtificial Photosynthesisen_US
dc.subject.keywordsPlastics Degradationen_US
dc.description.acknowledgementH.S.S. acknowledges that this project is supported by A*STAR under the AME IRG grants A2083c0050, A1783c0003, A1783c0002, and A1783c0007. H.S.S. is also grateful for the Singapore Ministry of Education Academic Research Fund Tier 1 grants RG 111/18 and RT 05/19en_US
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