The August issue of prestigious journal Science today has published a perspective by longtime NJIT Professor and noted polymer expert Marino Xanthos about polypropylene, a widely-used plastic with consumer applications ranging from food packaging to automotive parts, including car battery casings. To differentiate it from other recyclable plastics, polypropylene is designated #5. The article reviews factors contributing to PP recycling rates. Considerations include collection and separation efficiency, processing chemistry and market dynamics for the products derived from recyclates.
Xanthos, a professor in the Newark College of Engineering Otto H. York Department of Chemical, Biological and Pharmaceutical Engineering, has had more than 35 years of academic and industrial experience in directing and conducting research on polymer composites, polymer blends and foams, and reactive polymer processing. Xanthos was named associate provost for graduate studies in February of 2011.
Since joining NJIT in 1995, Xanthos has held the positions of director of the Polymer Engineering Center, director of the Center for Processing of Plastics Packaging, chairperson of the Executive Committee of the Materials Research Council, and director and coordinator of the Polymer Engineering graduate certificate program.