Cover Image, Volume 50, Issue 23


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A number of important aspects regarding recycling post-consumer plastic into valuable, materials are portrayed in the image, and presented by Frank A. Leibfarth, Nicholas, Moreno, Alex P. Hawker and Justin D. Shand on page 4814. The chemical structures in, the forefront emphasize the importance of molecular-level control over the recycling, process. Scattered throughout are representations of the numerous consumer products, that can be recycled using this process: the water bottle, a coffee cup, utensils, vegetable/fruit packaging, etc. A stopwatch indicates the speed and efficiency of the chemistry, while the dollar signs on the ground below are meant to emphasize the valuable materials, made from this commodity plastic. Finally, the oil drums and barrel of PET plastic, signify the energy intensive and inefficient process of the current recycling infrastructure.