Catalytic chemical degradation of mixed synthetic textiles

Lead Research Organisation: Cardiff University
Department Name: Chemistry


Post-consumer textiles are notoriously difficult to recycle due to their mixed content, hence recycling rates are negligible. As the lifetime of textile products is estimated to have a median of 5 years, it is clear a large quantity is discarded annually through non-sustainable methods, i.e. incineration and landfill. This project will develop catalytic methods to recycle such materials, specifically polyesters and polyamides, using either hydrolysis or hydrogenation. Catalytic (poly) amide hydrogenation is a particular challenge and model systems using small molecule substrates to achieve this transformation are an initial target. Pincer and mixed-donor ligand transitional metal complexes offer catalytic starting points.


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Studentship Projects

Project Reference Relationship Related To Start End Student Name
EP/T517951/1 30/09/2020 29/09/2025
2417223 Studentship EP/T517951/1 30/09/2020 22/06/2024 Elizabeth Ellison