Circularity of Plastics

Circularity of Plastics

Sustainability, Emerging Materials, and Valorization of Waste Plastic

1st Edition - January 1, 2023

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  • Editors: Zibiao Li, Jason Lim, Chen-Gang Wang
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323911986

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Description

Circularity of Plastics: Sustainability, Emerging Materials, and Valorization of Waste Plastic takes an innovative, interdisciplinary approach to circularity and sustainability in plastics, with an emphasis on plastic waste and end-of-life treatment, options for recycling, re-use, and valorization, and development of biomass-based polymers. The book begins by introducing the key concepts of sustainable materials, circular economy, and life cycle assessment, and discussing the key challenges in valorization of waste. This is followed by a first section of the book examining valorization or upcycling of waste plastic into new materials and fuels, with dedicated chapters exploring state-of-the-art techniques for conversion to new sustainable polymers, fuel and fine chemicals, and carbon nanomaterials. The second section of the book highlights emerging technologies used to produce functional polymers from renewable feedstocks, including CO2, biomass, natural polymers, polylactic acid (PLA), and polyhydroxyalkanoate-based materials (PHAs), with a final chapter focusing on applications of sustainable materials, challenges, and future perspectives. This is a valuable resource for researchers, scientists, engineers, R&D professionals, and advanced students from a range of disciplines and backgrounds, with an interest in sustainable materials, circularity in plastics, and polymer waste and valorization.

Key Features

  • Explains the fundamental concepts of sustainable materials, circular economy, life cycle assessment, and valorization of plastic waste
  • Presents cutting-edge methods for the conversion or upcycling of waste to sustainable polymers, fuel and fine chemicals, and carbon nanomaterials
  • Provides detailed coverage of the development of functional polymers from a range of sustainable and renewable resources

Readership

Researchers and advanced students looking to understand sustainable materials and circularity in plastics, from a range of disciplines, including materials science and engineering, chemistry, chemical engineering, nanotechnology, and environmental science. Engineers, scientists, and R&D professionals from a range of industries with an interest in sustainable materials, circular economy, and end-of-life and recycling of plastics

Table of Contents

  • 1. Sustainable material management for a circular economy

    Section 1: Valorization of Waste Plastics into New Materials and Fuels
    2. Converting plastic waste to new sustainable polymers
    3. Converting plastic waste to fuel and fine chemicals
    4. Upcycling of waste plastic to carbon nanomaterials

    Section 2: Functional Polymers from Sustainable and Renewable Resources
    5. Functional polymers from CO2 as feedstock
    6. Functional polymers from biomass-based monomers
    7. New functional materials from natural polymers
    8. Polylactic acid (PLA) as a building block for a circular economy
    9. End-of-life treatment for polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHAs)-based circular materials
    10. Sustainable materials applications: Current challenges and future perspectives

Product details

  • No. of pages: 350
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2023
  • Published: January 1, 2023
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323911986

About the Editors

Zibiao Li

Dr. Zibiao Li obtained his PhD in Biomedical Engineering from National University of Singapore (NUS). Currently, he is working as a senior research scientist at the Institute of Materials Research and Engineering (IMRE), A*STAR, Singapore. He is currently the Head of Advanced Sustainable Materials Department in IMRE. His research interests are focused on biodegradable functional polymeric materials design, structural properties investigations and their hybrid fabrications for high performance applications in consumer care and healthcare. He has published over 120 journal papers, 2 books, 5 book chapters, 15 technological disclosures / Patents, mainly in the area of biodegradable and sustainable materials.

Affiliations and Expertise

Head, Advanced Sustainable Materials (ASM) Department/ Senior Research Scientist, Institute of Materials Research and Engineering (IMRE), Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), Singapore

Jason Lim

Dr Jason Y. C. Lim obtained his PhD in Inorganic Chemistry from the University of Oxford, U.K. Thereafter, he obtained a postdoctoral position at the same institute under the supervision of Professor Charlotte K. Williams, working on metal-free organocatalysis for the synthesis of polylactic acid, a leading biopolymer with vast commercial applications in today’s world. His current research interests at IMRE, Singapore, include development of novel catalysts to replace toxic heavy-metal catalysts used for polymer synthesis, chemical valorisation and upcycling of waste plastics, development of new sustainable polymers for biomedical applications, as well as ion sensors for agritech nutrient monitoring to reduce over-application of fertilisers. At the time of writing, he has authored/ co-authored 25 peer-reviewed papers in top chemistry and materials science journals.

Affiliations and Expertise

Research Scientist, Institute of Materials Research and Engineering (IMRE), Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), Singapore

Chen-Gang Wang

Dr Chen-Gang Wang obtained his Ph.D. in organic and polymeric materials under the supervision of Professor Toshikazu Takata from Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan. After working in chemical industry for two years, he moved to Nanyang Technological University as a research fellow in Professor Atsushi Goto’s group and promoted to senior research fellow at 2019. His current position is a research scientist in Advanced Sustainable Materials Department in IMRE/A*STAR, Singapore. His research expertise focuses primarily on polymer science and materials. His current research interests include development of biomass-based polymers and the polymerization methods, design and synthesis of degradable/decomposable polymers, and creation of structurally complex polymer materials for advanced applications. He has (co)authored 23 peer-reviewed papers in top chemistry and materials science journals.

Affiliations and Expertise

Research Scientist, Institute of Materials Research and Engineering (IMRE), Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), Singapore

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