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Recycling of Polymer Composites and Applications

It is recognized that the removal of waste polymer materials from the environment represents a significant reprocessing problem. An ideal process is one that converts the polymers to a narrow range of organic molecules that can be easily recovered and reused. We will accomplish this by exploiting microwave-driven catalytic decomposition of polymers. WVU researchers have developed a patent-pending technology based on microwave catalysis that can convert waste plastics into hydrogen and monomers.

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Recent Publications

  1. (US Patent Application):   Jianli Hu, Yuxin Wang, Method to Convert Waste Plastics into Value-Added Chemicals Using Microwave-Assisted Catalysis, U.S. Provisional Patent Application# 63021318  May 7, 2020.