Enzyme Catalyzed Hydrolysis of Synthetic Polymers

Priya Katyal, Jin Kim Montclare

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


Traditional plastics pose a grave threat to the environment with several hundred million tons of plastics being accumulated as waste. With conventional approaches requiring extreme temperatures and harsh conditions, degradation or recyclability achieved via enzymatic methods offer a meaningful alternative. In this chapter, we discuss enzymes that have been utilized for polymer degradation. We highlighted strategies to improve stability and catalytic efficiencies of these enzymes via protein engineering or anchoring peptides/domains to the catalytic domain or using additives that can enhance the binding of these enzymes to polymeric surfaces.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationACS Symposium Series
EditorsH.N. Cheng, Richard A. Gross
PublisherAmerican Chemical Society
Number of pages17
StatePublished - 2020

Publication series

NameACS Symposium Series
ISSN (Print)0097-6156
ISSN (Electronic)1947-5918

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry
  • General Chemical Engineering


Dive into the research topics of 'Enzyme Catalyzed Hydrolysis of Synthetic Polymers'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this