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The BOTTLE consortium houses world-class analytics and characterization facilities for circular polymer technologies, which are organized in the Characterization Task.

Our capabilities include:

  • State-of-the-art synchrotron chemical catalyst, biocatalyst, and polymer characterization tools
  • Advanced art mass spectrometry and spectroscopy facilities for small-molecule, catalyst, and polymer characterizations, and systems biology applications related to environmental plastics degradation
  • Multiple ASTM International biodegradation assays in-house to test polymer end-of-life in multiple contexts, including in aquatic, composting, marine, and soil environments
  • A standard substrate library coupled to rigorous polymer characterization of both model and real substrates, to be able to compare deconstruction and building blocks technologies in a self-consistent manner.

Our primary focus areas include the following:

  • Operando scattering and spectroscopy of plastics deconstruction processes · Characterization of processing in circular polymers
  • End-of-life studies and biodegradation measurements for circular polymers.

Do you need help meeting your circularity targets? Learn how to join the BOTTLE consortium.

Learn more about the capabilities and exemplary projects within each task.