Publication type: Article in scientific journal
Type of review: Peer review (publication)
Title: Enzymatic PET degradation
Authors: Papadopoulou, Athena
Hecht, Katrin
Buller, Rebecca
et. al: No
DOI: 10.2533/chimia.2019.743
Published in: Chimia
Volume(Issue): 73
Issue: 9
Pages: 743
Pages to: 749
Issue Date: Sep-2019
Publisher / Ed. Institution: Schweizerische Chemische Gesellschaft
ISSN: 0009-4293
Language: English
Subject (DDC): 363: Environmental and security problems
660: Chemical engineering
Abstract: Plastic, in the form of packaging material, disposables, clothing and other articles with a short lifespan, has become an indispensable part of our everyday life. The increased production and use of plastic, however, accelerates the accumulation of plastic waste and poses an increasing burden on the environment with negative effects on biodiversity and human health. PET, a common thermoplastic, is recycled in many countries via thermal, mechanical and chemical means. Recently, several enzymes have been identified capable of degrading this recalcitrant plastic, opening possibilities for the biological recycling of the omnipresent material. In this review, we analyze the current knowledge of enzymatic PET degradation and discuss advances in improving the involved enzymes via protein engineering. Looking forward, the use of plastic degrading enzymes may facilitate sustainable plastic waste management and become an important tool for the realization of a circular plastic economy.
URI: https://digitalcollection.zhaw.ch/handle/11475/19228
Fulltext version: Published version
License (according to publishing contract): Licence according to publishing contract
Departement: Life Sciences and Facility Management
Organisational Unit: Institute of Chemistry and Biotechnology (ICBT)
Appears in collections:Publikationen Life Sciences und Facility Management

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