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Polyethylene terephthalate degradation under natural and accelerated weathering conditions

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Title: Polyethylene terephthalate degradation under natural and accelerated weathering conditions
Authors: Sang, T
Wallis, CJ
Hill, G
Britovsek, GJP
Item Type: Journal Article
Abstract: This review presents an overview of the state of the art in understanding of the chemistries behind polyethylene terephthalate (PET) degradation under hydrolytic and photolytic conditions, which are the main degradation processes that operate in the natural environment. Laboratory studies, carried out under so-called accelerated weathering conditions, have been reviewed and are compared to findings obtained from field studies through hydrolysis and photolysis from natural exposure. The review concludes by correlating the techniques used to date and our current understanding of the mechanisms and key intermediates involved in PET degradation.
Issue Date: 5-Aug-2020
Date of Acceptance: 1-Jul-2020
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10044/1/82034
DOI: 10.1016/j.eurpolymj.2020.109873
ISSN: 0014-3057
Publisher: Elsevier BV
Start Page: 1
End Page: 13
Journal / Book Title: European Polymer Journal
Volume: 136
Copyright Statement: © 2020 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. This manuscript is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International Licence http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
Sponsor/Funder: Innovate UK
Funder's Grant Number: 104608
Keywords: 0303 Macromolecular and Materials Chemistry
0904 Chemical Engineering
0912 Materials Engineering
Polymers
Publication Status: Published
Embargo Date: 2022-01-10
Article Number: 109873
Online Publication Date: 2020-07-10
Appears in Collections:Chemistry
Catalysis and Advanced Materials



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