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BIOCATALYTIC PHOTOELECTROCHEMISTRY

Making molecules with microplastics

Methods for electrochemical recycling of microplastic waste to value-added products are extremely sought-after. Here, a tandem photoelectrochemical-bioelectrocatalytic approach converts microplastics to chemical fuels and uses the microplastics as an electron source for electrochemical transformations.

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Fig. 1: Electrochemical recycling of PET powers enzymatic electrosynthesis.

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Boucher, D.G., Minteer, S.D. Making molecules with microplastics. Nat. Synth 1, 751–752 (2022). https://doi.org/10.1038/s44160-022-00155-9

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