Depolymerization of End-of-Life Poly(bisphenol A carbonate) via 4-Dimethylaminopyridine-Catalyzed Methanolysis

  • Christoph Alberti
  • Stephan EnthalerEmail author
Short Communication


The chemical recycling, a sequence of depolymerization and polymerization reactions, of end-of-life plastics/polymers can contribute to a sustainable, resource-conserving and environmental-benign society. In this regard, we have set up a protocol for the depolymerization of end-of-life poly(bisphenol A carbonate). In more detail, applying a combination of methanol and catalytic amounts of 4-dimethylaminopyridine (DMAP) end-of-life poly(bisphenol A carbonate) was depolymerized to bisphenol A and dimethyl carbonate. With the aid of microwave heating an excellent rate of depolymerization ( > 99%) within short reaction times (5 min) and turnover frequencies up to 1164 h−1 were achieved. Moreover, it was demonstrated that phenolysis can be applied under optimized reaction conditions resulting in the formation of the mixture bisphenol A and diphenyl carbonate, which can be used for the synthesis of new poly(bisphenol A carbonate). In consequence a closed cycle for poly(bisphenol A carbonate) is feasible.

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End-of-life poly(bisphenol A carbonate) Recycling Depolymerization Microwave Waste CDs/DVDs 



Financial support from the Universität Hamburg (UHH) is gratefully acknowledged. We thank Prof. Dr. Axel Jacobi von Wangelin, Dr. Dieter Schaarschmidt, Dr. Felix Scheliga and Melanie Hofmann (all UHH) for general discussions and support.

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  1. 1.Institut für Anorganische und Angewandte ChemieUniversität HamburgHamburgGermany

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