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Talking Trash: Finding the Value in Plastic Waste Through Chemical Upcycling

June 8, 2021 @ 5:00 pm

Plastics are fascinating and versatile materials that help our modern daily lives run with convenience. But what happens to plastic at the end of its life? Did you know that most of it ends up in landfills, incinerators, and the environment? The chemical bonds that make up plastics are among the strongest, lending both to their desirable properties and undesirable environmental consequences. Catalysts have a unique ability to quickly break down and recombine these bonds in different ways, providing opportunities for us to transform waste into valuable products. Come join us to learn how we are using chemistry and catalysis to “upcycle” plastic waste for a more sustainable future.
About the Speaker: Dr. Lily Hale is a Chemist and Postdoctoral Research Associate at PNNL. Working with the team of scientists in the Physical Sciences Division, her research is focused on understanding the structure and function of catalysts so that chemical processes can be designed with reduced energy input and waste output for a greener future.


June 8, 2021
5:00 pm
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