Plasma Gasification of Surrogate and Real Waste Plastics

  • Andrzej Huczko
  • Maciej Sioda
Part of the Environmental Science Research book series (ESRH, volume 58)


Model (standard polyethylene PE) and real plastic waste (polyethylene terephthalate PET and polyethylene PE bottle scraps and polyethylanated carton scraps) were decomposed in a carbon arc plasma. Total conversion of reactants into highly unsaturated products (mostly acetylene) was achieved with some additional hydrocarbons being formed from the evolving hydrogen and carbon vapours resulting from graphite electrode sublimation.

Key words

gasification plasma pyrolysis PE PET waste plastics 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Andrzej Huczko
    • 1
  • Maciej Sioda
    • 1
  1. 1.Laboratory of Plasma Chemistry, Department of ChemistryWarsaw UniversityWarsawPoland

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