An article entitled “Enzymes' power for plastics degradation” by Carbios has been published in Chemical Reviews, one of the 10 most influential scientific journals in the world. The article is a comprehensive and critical review of research published to date on the enzymatic degradation of all types of plastics (polyethylene terephthalate (PET), polylactic acid (PLA), polyolefins, polyurethanes, polyamides (PAs)) and includes almost 700 references.
Co-authored by biotechnology researchers from Carbios SA, Clermont-Ferrand/France, a leader in the development and industrialization of biological technologies to reinvent the life cycle of plastics and textiles, and its academic partner Toulouse Biotechnology Institute (TBI), Toulouse/France, as well as 2 eminent professors in polymer science from the University of Bordeaux/France, the work brings together expertise in the fields of enzymology, polymer science and industry in order to accelerate the transition to a circular economy for plastic.
Beyond the comprehensive bibliographical study, the authors analyzed the data to discuss the scope, limitations, challenges and opportunities of enzymatic plastic recycling with a view to developing innovations and industrial processes. The article’s unique standpoint and added value with regard to issues surrounding plastic pollution is its critical view on technology transfer and industrial scalability.
Carbios aims to bring all types of plastics into the circular economy. The article published in Chemical Reviews will serve as the basis for research into biological recycling solutions for other polymers.