Biotechnology of Plastic Waste Degradation, Recycling, and Valorization : Current Advances and Future Perspectives

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Original languageEnglish
Journal / PublicationChemSusChem
Publication statusOnline published - 16 Jun 2021

Abstract

Although fossil-based plastic products have many attractive characteristics, their production has led to severe environmental burdens that require immediate solutions. Despite these plastics being non-natural chemical compounds, they can be degraded and metabolized by some microorganisms, which suggests the potential application of biotechnologies based on the mechanism of plastic biodegradation. In this context, microbe-based strategies for the degradation, recycling, and valorization of plastic waste offer a feasible approach for alleviating environmental challenges created by the accumulation of plastic waste. This Minireview highlights recent advances in the biotechnology-based biodegradation of both traditional polymers and bio-based plastics, focusing on the mechanisms of biodegradation. From an application perspective, this Minireview also summarizes recent progress in the recycling and valorization of plastic waste, which are feasible solutions for tackling the plastic waste dilemma.

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  • biodegradation, biological activity, environmental chemistry, plastic recycling, plastic valorization

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Biotechnology of Plastic Waste Degradation, Recycling, and Valorization : Current Advances and Future Perspectives. / Qin, Zi-Hao; Mou, Jin-Hua; Chao, Christopher Yu Huang; Chopra, Shauhrat Singh; Daoud, Walid; Leu, Shao-yuan; Ning, Zhi; Tso, Chi Yan; Chan, Chak Keung; Tang, Shixing; Hathi, Zubeen Jyotiwadan; Haque, Md Ariful; Wang, Xiang; Lin, Carol Sze Ki.

In: ChemSusChem, 16.06.2021.

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journalpeer-review