Circularity and Polymer Engineering

Code: CEM 177

Credits: 05

Elective subject


  • Sustainability and the limits of linear consumption
  • The circular economy: schools of thought, systemic innovation and public policies
  • Environmental Impacts: problems and metrics
  • Circular Economy: tools and indicators
  • Monomers and Polymers of Renewable Sources: renewable polymers; production and use of ethanol derivatives and terpenic derivatives; production and use of succinic acid derivatives; production and use of lactic acid derivatives; natural polymers; vegetable oil derivatives and functionalization
  • Clean Processes: capture and use of CO2; solvent-free processes and use of alternative energy sources; water-based resins; mechanochemical processes; enzymatic processes
  • Processing and Applications of Recycled and Renewable Polymers: polymer blends; polymer composites
  • Recycling Techniques: mechanical; chemical; and energy


  1. Trevor M. Letcher, Plastic Waste and Recycling: Environmental Impact, Societal Issues, Prevention, and Solutions, Academic Press, 2020.
  2. Kim Ragaert, Laurens Delva, Kevin Van Geem, Mechanical and chemical recycling of solid plastic waste. Waste Management, vol. 69, p. 24-58, 2017.
  3. André P. Cavalcanti, Leonardo B. Canto, Uso de Resíduo Industrial a Base de Resina Fenólica como Carga para o Polipropileno. Polímeros Ciência e Tecnologia, vol. 22, n. 3, p. 1-8, 2012.
  4. Laura B. Gonella, Ademir J. Zattera, Mara Zeni, Ricardo V.B. Oliveira, Leonardo B. Canto, New Reclaiming Process of Thermoset Polyurethane Foam and Blending with Polyamide-12 and Thermoplastic Polyurethane. Journal of Elastomers and Plastics, vol. 41, p. 303-322, 2009.
  5. Nilcéa M. L. Mondadori, Regina C. R. Nunes, Ademir J. Zattera, Ricardo V. B. Oliveira, Leonardo B. Canto, Relationship between Processing Method and Microstructural and Mechanical Properties of Poly(ethylene terephthalate)/Short Glass Fiber Composites. Journal of Applied Polymer Science, Vol. 109, p. 3266-3274, 2008.
  6. Fernanda A. dos Santos, Leonardo B. Canto, Ana Lúcia N. da Silva, Leila Lea Yuan Visconte, Elen B. A. Vasques Pacheco, Processing and Properties of Plastic Lumber. In: Thermosoftening Plastics, Gülşen Akın Evingür. (Org.), IntechOpen, 2020, v. 1, p. 1-16.