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Mechanical recycling of thermoplastic polymers from computer equipments waste

Grant number: 12/13715-5
Support type:Regular Research Grants
Duration: January 01, 2013 - December 31, 2014
Field of knowledge:Engineering - Materials and Metallurgical Engineering
Principal Investigator:Clodoaldo Saron
Grantee:Clodoaldo Saron
Home Institution: Escola de Engenharia de Lorena (EEL). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Lorena , SP, Brazil


The expressive use of computer equipments such as personal computers and peripherals has greatly contributed to the formation of so-called waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEEs). Due to the constant advancement in the development of more modern and functional equipments, devices of new generation become obsolete in a few years after use, producing post-consumer waste that cause environmental and waste management in large cities. The composition of waste is varied, corresponds to about 20% of the polymeric materials which are used as the structural part or in the setting of electronic circuits. The copolymer acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS) and the high impact polystyrene (HIPS) are the most abundant. This research project was aimed at studying the recycling of thermoplastic polymers used in the manufacture of computer equipment through the preparation of compatibilized blends from polymeric waste with the virgin HIPS. The use of virgin HIPS aims to improve the properties of the waste that is depreciated by degradation processes without affecting the basic composition of the waste, providing a viable alternative in terms of cost and performance of these recycled materials. Besides the economic aspect, WEEEs recycling is a way to minimize the environmental and management problems caused by the irregular disposal of solid waste. (AU)

Scientific publications (7)
(References retrieved automatically from Web of Science and SciELO through information on FAPESP grants and their corresponding numbers as mentioned in the publications by the authors)
PINZON MORENO, DIEGO DAVID; SARON, CLODOALDO. Low-density polyethylene/polyamide 6 blends from multilayer films waste. Journal of Applied Polymer Science, v. 136, n. 18 MAY 10 2019. Web of Science Citations: 1.
RIBEIRO, GUILHERME LUIS; GANDARA, MEIRENE; PINZON MORENO, DIEGO DAVID; SARON, CLODOALDO. Low-density polyethylene/sugarcane fiber composites from recycled polymer and treated fiber by steam explosion. JOURNAL OF NATURAL FIBERS, v. 16, n. 1, p. 13-24, 2019. Web of Science Citations: 0.
PINZON MORENO, DIEGO DAVID; SARON, CLODOALDO. Influence of compatibilizer on the properties of low-density polyethylene/polyamide 6 blends obtained by mechanical recycling of multilayer film waste. WASTE MANAGEMENT & RESEARCH, v. 36, n. 8, p. 729-736, AUG 2018. Web of Science Citations: 4.
MORENO, D. D. P.; HIRAYAMA, D.; SARON, C. Accelerated aging of pine wood waste/recycled LDPE composite. Polymer Degradation and Stability, v. 149, p. 39-44, MAR 2018. Web of Science Citations: 8.
HIRAYAMA, DENISE; SARON, CLODOALDO. Morphologic and mechanical properties of blends from recycled acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene and high-impact polystyrene. Polymer, v. 135, p. 271-278, JAN 17 2018. Web of Science Citations: 6.
PINZON MORENO, DIEGO DAVID; SARON, CLODOALDO. Low-density polyethylene waste/recycled wood composites. COMPOSITE STRUCTURES, v. 176, p. 1152-1157, SEP 15 2017. Web of Science Citations: 17.
HIRAYAMA, DENISE; SARON, CLODOALDO. Characterisation of recycled acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene and high-impact polystyrene from waste computer equipment in Brazil. WASTE MANAGEMENT & RESEARCH, v. 33, n. 6, p. 543-549, JUN 2015. Web of Science Citations: 3.

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