Scavenging of halogen in recycling of halogen-based polymer materials

Maria P. Luda, Giovanni Camino, Alexander I. Balabanovich, Andreas Hornung

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Pyrolytic recycling of materials for electronics and automotive is attractive because of the possibility of recovery of fuel and of precious metals from printed circuit. Due to the complexity of their composition an appropriate pre-treatment has to be performed in order to limit the evolution of dangerous halogen containing compounds which strongly impair the fuel quality. An advantageous pyrolysis approach implies the attempt of mineralisation of the organic bromine to the not volatile and harmless inorganic form using strong bases such as NaOH and KOH to reduce the amount of volatile and increasing the residue. The char stability is greatly variable depending on the substrate. Mg(OH)2 and Ca(OH)2 behave in a similar manner but to a lower extent. Carbonates and reducing agent such as LiAlH have been tested as well and their ability to scavenge bromine is discussed in terms of effectiveness and mechanism.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)141-151
Number of pages11
JournalMacromolecular Symposia
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2002


  • scavenging
  • halogen
  • recycling
  • halogen-based polymer materials


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