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SUSTAINABLE POLYMERS

Producing performance-advantaged bioplastics

A grand challenge for bio-based plastics is the ability to cost-effectively manufacture high-performance polymers directly from renewable resources that are also recyclable-by-design. A one-step conversion of xylose to polyesters has been reported, combining a sustainable lifecycle with impressive materials performance.

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Fig. 1: Plant cell wall structure and products of aldehyde-assisted fractionation.
Fig. 2: The balance of polymer performance and lifecycle.

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Cywar, R.M., Beckham, G.T. Producing performance-advantaged bioplastics. Nat. Chem. 14, 967–969 (2022). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41557-022-01030-y

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