Catalytic material for selective conversion of waste plastics to higher value products, such as wax and lubricants. This single-step process is solvent-free and requires low temperatures and pressures.
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US Patent 16/749,885 and 17/000,969
- Catalytic polymer processing and upcycling (IN-18-075), (IN-19-098), (IN-19-144)
A method of upcycling polymers to useful hydrocarbon materials. A catalyst with nanoparticles on a substrate selectively docks and cleaves longer hydrocarbon chains over shorter hydrocarbon chains. The catalyst includes metal nanoparticles in an order array on a substrate, and the nanoparticles exhibit an edge to facet ratio to provide for more interactions with the facets. The catalyst can be used to produce lubricants with superior tribological performance.