Catalytic degradation of polyethylene over SBA-16

Suek Joo Choi, Young Kwon Park, Kwang Eun Jeong, Tae Wan Kim, Ho Jeong Chae, Sung Hoon Park, Jong Ki Jeon, Seung Soo Kim

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The performance of SBA-16 catalysts toward the degradation of two kinds of polyethylenes, high-density polyethylene (HDPE) and linear low-density polyethylene (LLDPE), was evaluated by using a thermogravimetric analyzer and batch reactor. The effect of the acidity of SBA-16 upon degradation efficiency was investigated. Quantitative analyses of the products were conducted by GC/MS and GC. The Al-SBA-16 led to a higher catalytic conversion than SBA-16. Hydrocarbons (C7-C10) were mainly produced by Al-SBA-16, whereas a much broader distribution of oil products (C7-C14) was obtained by SBA-16. The Al-SBA-16 also showed high catalytic stability. The results of this study suggest that Al-SBA-16 has a high potential as a catalyst for degradation of waste plastics.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1446-1451
Number of pages6
JournalKorean Journal of Chemical Engineering
Issue number5
StatePublished - 2010


  • Catalytic Degradation
  • Polyethylene
  • SBA-16


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