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Upcycling polyolefins and mixtures to high-value surfactants


Temperature-gradient thermolysis was unveiled to controllably deconstruct polymers into waxes and inhibit production of small molecules.

Conversion of plastic wastes to surfactants and soaps provides an attractive means to supplement the sourcing of these high-value, high-volume chemicals.

DOI: 10.1126/science.adh0993