BOTTLE 1 - Introduction and BOTTLE Overview

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The Bio-Optimized Technologies to keep Thermoplastics out of Landfills and the Environment (BOTTLE) Consortium aims to develop robust processes to upcycle existing waste plastics and to develop new plastics that are recyclable-by-design, both in direct alignment with DOE's Strategy for Plastics Innovation. We accomplish our work in the BOTTLE Consortium through an organizational framework that includes three primary research tasks, Deconstruction, Upcycling, and Redesign, which are supported by three cross-cutting tasks, Analysis, Characterization, and Modeling, BOTTLE also has tasks focused on Industry Engagement and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI). This presentation will review the approach and management structure of BOTTLE, the importance of analysis-guided research, and the key metrics for carbon, economic, energy, and greenhouse gas emissions. In the FY21-FY23 period, BOTTLE has drafted and enacted a comprehensive DEI plan, assembled a world-class Technical Advisory Board (TAB) to provide constructive feedback on our performance, had our first in-person all-hands meeting in summer 2022, and on-boarded and off-boarded research activities based on active project management and analysis. From an impact perspective, BOTTLE researchers have published over 40 peer-reviewed manuscripts (many in leading journals), submitted >30 patent applications, and initiated 6 funds-in industry partnerships.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages38
StatePublished - 2023

Publication series

NamePresented at the 2023 U.S. Department of Energy's Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) Project Peer Review, 3-7 April 2023, Denver, Colorado

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/PR-2A00-85657


  • deconstruction
  • plastics upcycling


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