Lyondell Basell announced the cooperation with Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (Kit) to advance the chemical recycling of plastic materials. The focus of the venture is to develop a new catalyst and process technology to decompose post-consumer plastic waste, such as packaging into monomers for reuse in polymerization processes.
Rotterdam/The Netherlands — Earlier this year the company announced a 50 % share in Quality Circular Polymers (QCP) to drive the development of high quality recycled polyolefins from the mechanical recycling of sorted post-consumer waste streams.
Chemical recycling is complementary to mechanical recycling and is able to manage multilayer and hybrid plastic materials, which can’t be easily recovered by mechanical recycling. Molecular recycling is advancing chemical recycling by improving current process technologies to produce clean feedstock for polymer production.
Massimo Covezzi, Senior Vice President of Research and Development, the group wants to complement its competencies in catalyst and process technologies in cooperation with Kit, to create a new and complete plastic waste molecular recycling process. The goal was to develop a high efficiency and clean plastic depolymerization process, through catalyst innovation, to transform plastic waste back to the chemical building blocks.
The institute contributes innovative technologies developed for the thermal conversion of complex organic feedstock. According to Hans Leibold from Kit´s Institute for Technical Chemistry, by introducing Lyondell Basell’s advanced catalysts, the processes would greatly improve depolymerization efficiency for polyolefin waste.