TECHNE: Special Series Vol. 2
Research & Experimentation

Upcycling plastic waste for the development of construction materials

Alexandre Carbonnel
Environmental Architectural Materials Laboratory (LEMAA), School of Architecture, University of Santiago, Chile
Hugo Pérez
Environmental Architectural Materials Laboratory (LEMAA), School of Architecture, University of Santiago, Chile
María Ignacia Lucares
Environmental Architectural Materials Laboratory (LEMAA), School of Architecture, University of Santiago, Chile
Daniel Escobar
Environmental Architectural Materials Laboratory (LEMAA), School of Architecture, University of Santiago, Chile
María Paz Jiménez
Environmental Architectural Materials Laboratory (LEMAA), School of Architecture, University of Santiago, Chile
Dayana Gavilanes
Polymers Laboratory, Faculty of Chemistry and Biology, University of Santiago, Chile
Published March 22, 2021
Keywords
  • Upcycling,
  • Photocatalysis,
  • Materials design,
  • Plastic recycling,
  • Nanotechnology
How to Cite
Carbonnel, A., Pérez, H., Lucares, M. I., Escobar, D., Jiménez, M. P., & Gavilanes, D. (2021). Upcycling plastic waste for the development of construction materials. TECHNE - Journal of Technology for Architecture and Environment, (2), 170-176. https://doi.org/10.13128/techne-10704

Abstract

Consideration of plastic waste as a secondary raw material obtainable by means of upcycling presents fresh possibilities in the search for new construction and architectural materials. This paper demonstrates the possibility of recycling thermoplastic polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and the potential for enhancement of its properties through the incorporation of nanoparticles. The design of materials by means of managed complexity involving processes of materialisation and configuration is explored by processing film from recycled plastic and their subsequent assessment as a possible semi-finished product with photocatalytic potential. 

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