Hydrocarbon fuels can now be made from plastic waste

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A new process converts one of the world’s most commonly used plastics, PET, into hydrocarbons that can be used in diesel and jet fuel.

The PET from plastic bottles is first broken down using methanol and then converted into hydrocarbons by catalytic reactions. The catalysts used for these reactions have long lifetimes, meaning that they don’t need to be replaced for years.

Read the full story in Chemistry World.