Selective Hydrogenolysis of Pre-Consumer Polyolefins to Premium Synthetic Lubricants

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Program:
Special Projects
Award:
$492,571
Location:
Lemont,
Illinois
Status:
ACTIVE
Project Term:
09/01/2020 - 12/14/2021

Project Innovation + Advantages:

Argonne National Laboratory is developing a low-temperature catalytic upcycling process for converting post-consumer plastic wastes made of polyethylene or polypropylene polymers to premium synthetic lubricants. Argonne’s hydrogenolysis (decomposition of a compound resulting from its interaction with hydrogen) catalyst technology converts these polymers to the desired lubricant product with high selective and near-quantitative yields, and with negligible formation of light gases. Data generated will be used to develop a process flow design and conduct a techno-economic analysis for a 250-ton per day modular process that can be deployed at waste materials recycling facilities.

Contact

ARPA-E Program Director:
Dr. Jack Lewnard
Project Contact:
Massimiliano Delferro
Press and General Inquiries Email:
ARPA-E-Comms@hq.doe.gov
Project Contact Email:
delferro@anl.gov

Partners

Northwestern University

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