Plastic recycling - reimagined
Out of the 6.3 billion metric tons of plastic waste generated globally, only 9% is being recycled.
The remaining is either incinerated or accumulating in our environment. This project aims to explore the potential of hydrothermal liquefaction (HTL) of plastics as an alternative method of recycling plastic. HTL is a chemical recycling method that is capable of decomposing plastic waste into valuable products such as crude oil, regardless of the colour, purity or physical properties of the plastic waste mixtures.
By manipulating the presence of co-solvents and reaction times, this project allowed us to investigate the optimal operating conditions required to produce the highest crude oil yield for different plastic wastes.
Future energy and resources
Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials
Sally Roanne Steele
Brenda Tan Wei Chen
Chye Yi Leow