Mono-Material Product Design with Bio-Based, Circular, and Biodegradable Polymers

Ethan Quinn, Katrina Knauer, Gregg Beckham, Eugene Chen

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The traditional multi-material product design of plastic products significantly complicates both existing and emerging recycling processes. Here, we discuss the concept of mono-material product design, which is based on circular and biodegradable polymers made of a single monomer, delivering tailorable properties via molecular or macromolecular engineering without changing its chemical makeup or composition.
Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)582-586
Number of pages5
JournalOne Earth
Issue number6
StatePublished - 2023

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/JA-2A00-86507


  • biodegradable polymers
  • circular polymers
  • mono-material product
  • sustainable product design


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