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Synergistic chemo-enzymatic hydrolysis of poly (ethylene terephthalate) from textile waste
Felice Quartinello, Simona Vajnhandl, Julija Volmajer Valh, Thomas Farmer, Bojana Vončina, Aleksandra Lobnik, Enrique Herrero Acero, Alessandro Pellis, Georg M. Gübitz, 2017, original scientific article

Abstract: 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 (1632 cm$^{−1}$) of TA into the deprotonated state (1604 and 1398 cm$^{−1}$) was observed and bands at 1728 and 1398 cm$^{−1}$ were used to assess purity of TA after the chemo-enzymatic PET hydrolysis. The chemical treatment, performed under neutral conditions (T = 250 °C, P = 40 bar), 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%).
Keywords: textile waste, waste recycling
Published: 16.11.2017; Views: 846; Downloads: 271
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FP7 EU project AquaFit4Use - synergy of 4 industrial sectors with the goal of waste water recycling
Alenka Majcen Le Marechal, Simona Vajnhandl, Darko Golob, 2009, professional article

Abstract: Sustainable water use in industry is the goal of AquaFit4Use, by a cross-sectorial, integrated approach. The overall objectives are: the development and implementation of new, reliable, cost-effective technologies, tools and methods for sustainable water supply, use and discharge in the main water consuming industries in order to significantly reduce water use, mitigate environmental impact and produce and apply water qualities in accordance with industrial own specifications (fit - for - use) from all possible sources, and contributing to a far-going closure of the water cycle in a economical, sustainable and safe way while improving their product quality and process stability.
Keywords: waste water recycling, reduce water use, water quality, sustainable water supply
Published: 31.05.2012; Views: 2024; Downloads: 21
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