These research projects will advance the science to enable approaches for chemical upcycling of polymers, targeting energy-efficient reuse of discarded plastics. Polymer upcycling includes chemical processes that efficiently transform discarded plastics back to the original material or into materials with new functionality. It also includes design of next-generation polymeric materials that can be reused efficiently and sustainably through many energy-efficient product cycles.
The research projects range from single Principal Investigator (PI) to multi-PI, multi-institution efforts and are led by seven universities and three National Laboratories. A list of projects can be found here.
Projects were chosen based on peer review under a DOE Funding Opportunity Announcement open to universities, national laboratories, industry, and non-profit research organizations. The final details for each project award are subject to negotiations between DOE and the awardees.
Total funding is $25 million for projects lasting up to three years in duration, with $9.5 million in Fiscal Year 2021 dollars and outyear funding contingent on congressional appropriations.