Journal of East China Normal University(Natural Science) ›› 2023, Vol. 2023 ›› Issue (1): 170-176.doi: 10.3969/j.issn.1000-5641.2023.01.017

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Research progress on pollution and degradation of plastic waste

Kaizhen MIAO, Jiaolong MENG, Xuefeng JIANG*()   

  1. Shanghai Key Laboratory of Green Chemistry and Chemical Processes, School of Chemistry and Molecular Engineering, East China Normal University, Shanghai 200062, China
  • Received:2022-07-27 Accepted:2022-11-01 Online:2023-01-25 Published:2023-01-07
  • Contact: Xuefeng JIANG


Plastics are widely used in daily life owing to their light weight, portability, and affordability. However, post-consumer-waste plastics do not degrade easily in the natural environment, making plastic pollution a new global environmental issue. Thus, exploration in the field of plastic degradation has increased in recent years. To promote the treatment of plastic waste and provide a scientific reference for environmental protection and sustainable development, this study describes the current state of plastic pollution. It also systematically summarizes various research fields of plastic degradation and presents the development prospect of photocatalysis and bio-based plastics in the future.

Key words: plastic pollution, degradation methods, photocatalysis, biological-based plastics

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