Recycling textiles : The use of ionic liquids in the separation of cotton polyester blends

De Silva,R, Wang,X and Byrne,N 2014, Recycling textiles : The use of ionic liquids in the separation of cotton polyester blends, RSC Advances, vol. 4, no. 55, pp. 29094-29098, doi: 10.1039/c4ra04306e.

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Title Recycling textiles : The use of ionic liquids in the separation of cotton polyester blends
Author(s) De Silva,R
Wang,XORCID iD for Wang,X orcid.org/0000-0002-3549-6769
Byrne,NORCID iD for Byrne,N orcid.org/0000-0002-9474-7644
Journal name RSC Advances
Volume number 4
Issue number 55
Start page 29094
End page 29098
Total pages 5
Publisher Royal Society of Chemistry
Place of publication Cambridge, U. K.
Publication date 2014-06-19
ISSN 2046-2069
Keyword(s) Science & Technology
Physical Sciences
Chemistry, Multidisciplinary
Chemistry
POLY(ETHYLENE-TEREPHTHALATE) PET
POLYETHYLENE TEREPHTHALATE
BIO-ETHANOL
CELLULOSE
WASTE
DISSOLUTION
HYDROLYSIS
GLYCOLYSIS
PRODUCTS
SOLVENT
Summary Textiles are commonly made from intimate blends of polyester and cotton, which makes recycling very difficult. We report for the first time the use of ionic liquid in the separation of polyester cotton blends. By selective dissolution of the cotton component, the polyester component can be separated and recovered in high yield. This finding presents an environmentally benign approach to recycling textile waste. © 2014 The Royal Society of Chemistry.
Language eng
DOI 10.1039/c4ra04306e
Field of Research 091202 Composite and Hybrid Materials
091012 Textile Technology
Socio Economic Objective 860403 Natural Fibres
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2014, Royal Society of Chemistry
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