Turning CO2 into plastics

Charlotte Williams, Fellow and Tutor in Chemistry and Professor of Inorganic Chemistry, has appeared on Costing the Earth, on BBC Radio 4, talking about her research group’s successes in turning carbon dioxide into plastic.

Professor Williams’ group recently discovered a series of catalysts that allow carbon dioxide to be used as a raw material to make polymers (plastics). The catalysts are efficient under low pressures of carbon dioxide and allow 30-50% of the mass of the polymer to be sustainably sourced, while it is also possible to use waste carbon dioxide emissions to make the polymers. The materials can be used as adhesives, sealants, coatings and insulation foams.

In 2011 Charlotte founded a company, Econic Technologies, to develop the catalysts for commercial applications.

Posted: 12 November 2016

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