The concept of adopting green chemistry and technologies for the sustainable future of mankind has been generating much-needed public concern and interest in recent years. A lack of properly established technologies to control waste generation imparts serious ecological issues that must be addressed through a proper waste management system. Therefore, a focus on sustainability has become common in almost every industry, particularly in the rubber industry.
Undoubtedly, there is an enormous potential for reclamation and reuse of rubber in almost all countries. Tire waste is the most significant source of rubber waste. A large amount of these tires or rubber can be treated with some very interesting and advanced technologies.
This book is divided into 12 chapters that will provide detailed methodologies and data-sources on rubber recycling to fill the gap between the existing technologies and practical requirements for industrial and academic researchers.
This book will present a comprehensive review of the existing technologies for rubber recycling processes and characterizations with a clear indication of the required advanced technologies that must be undertaken in order to improve the recycling process using economic and green techniques.
We sincerely thank all the authors for their valuable research inputs. We would also like to acknowledge the RSC Editorial team for their help with this book. We would like to thank our research students, Jaideep, Anindya, Suprabha, Soumanti, Sukanya, and Minhaj for their help in producing and proofreading the initial drafts of the chapters of this book.
Jin Kuk Kim, Prosenjit Saha, Sabu Thomas, Jozef T. Haponiuk, and M. K. Aswathi