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September 2, 2020

High-performance polythioesters with high chemical recyclability.

Filed under: Interesting chemistry — Henry Rzepa @ 2:18 pm

Here I investigate a recent report[1] of a new generation of polyesters with the intrinsic properties of high crystallinity and chemical recyclability. The latter point is key, since many current plastics cannot be easily recycled to a form which can be used to regenerate the original polymer with high yield. Here I show some aspects of this fascinating new type of polymer.



  1. C. Shi, M.L. McGraw, Z. Li, L. Cavallo, L. Falivene, and E.Y. Chen, "High-performance pan-tactic polythioesters with intrinsic crystallinity and chemical recyclability", Science Advances, vol. 6, pp. eabc0495, 2020. http://dx.doi.org/10.1126/sciadv.abc0495

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