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Quartinello, F; Vajnhandl, S; Valh, JV; Farmer, TJ; Voncina, B; Lobnik, A; Acero, EH; Pellis, A; Guebitz, GM.
(2017): Synergistic chemo-enzymatic hydrolysis of poly(ethylene terephthalate) from textile waste
MICROB BIOTECHNOL. 2017; 10(6): 1376-1383. FullText FullText_BOKU

Due to the rising global environment protection awareness, recycling strategies that comply with the circular economy principles are needed. Polyesters are among the most used materials in the textile industry; therefore, achieving a complete poly(ethylene terephthalate) (PET) hydrolysis in an environmentally friendly way is a current challenge. In this work, a chemo-enzymatic treatment was developed to recover the PET building blocks, namely terephthalic acid (TA) and ethylene glycol. To monitor the monomer and oligomer content in solid samples, a Fourier-transformed Raman method was successfully developed. A shift of the free carboxylic groups (1632cm(-1)) of TA into the deprotonated state (1604 and 1398cm(-1)) was observed and bands at 1728 and 1398cm(-1) were used to assess purity of TA after the chemo-enzymatic PET hydrolysis. The chemical treatment, performed under neutral conditions (T=250 degrees C, P=40bar), led to conversion of PET into 85% TA and small oligomers. The latter were hydrolysed in a second step using the Humicola insolens cutinase (HiC) yielding 97% pure TA, therefore comparable with the commercial synthesis-grade TA (98%).
Autor/innen der BOKU Wien:
Gübitz Georg
Quartinello Felice
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