Designing Biobased Recyclable Polymers for Plastics

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Several concurrent developments are shaping the future of plastics. A transition to a sustainable plastics system requires not only a shift to fossil-free feedstock and energy to produce the carbon-neutral building blocks for polymers used in plastics, but also a rational design of the polymers with both desired material properties for functionality and features facilitating their recyclability. Biotechnology has an important role in producing polymer building blocks from renewable feedstocks, and also shows potential for recycling of polymers. Here, we present strategies for improving the performance and recyclability of the polymers, for enhancing degradability to monomers, and for improving chemical recyclability by designing polymers with different chemical functionalities.


External organisations
  • Bona
  • Perstorp AB
Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Polymer Technologies


  • biobased plastics, biodegradability, chemical recycling, circular economy, glass transition temperature, polymer design
Original languageEnglish
JournalTrends in Biotechnology
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 2019 May 28
Publication categoryResearch

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