Upcycling a Plastic Cup: One-Pot Synthesis of Lactate Containing Metal Organic Frameworks from Polylactic Acid

25 April 2019, Version 1
This content is a preprint and has not undergone peer review at the time of posting.


Waste PLA can be upcycled to metal organic frameworks of potential high value in a one-pot synthesis scheme, where PLA depolymerisation occurs in-situ. Three lactate based frameworks were succesfully synthesised and characterised from PLA as a feed source, including homochiral framework ZnBLD. The chiral separation ability of ZnBLD was maintained.

Additional data including the CIF file, the CheckCIF document, and the raw XRD spectra, are available from the Zenodo repository linked below.


metal organic framework
waste polymer
chiral MOF

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