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Layered self-pillared zeolites convert polyethylene to gasoline

State-of-the-art plastic deconstruction technologies typically require noble metals, consume hydrogen gas, and generate waste methane. Now it has been shown that earth-abundant layered self-pillared zeolite catalysts selectively convert polyethylene to high-octane products without requiring molecular hydrogen.

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Fig. 1: Demonstration of the use of a layered self-pillared zeolite (LSP-Z100) for the selective conversion of polyethylene into gasoline without molecular hydrogen.


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Torres, C., Rorrer, J.E. Layered self-pillared zeolites convert polyethylene to gasoline. Nat. Chem. 16, 841–842 (2024).

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