European grant for sustainable plastic recycling

EU research program Horizon 2020 has awarded a grant worth 10 million euros to the project POLYNSPIRE. In this project European companies, universities and research institutes work together to demonstrate innovative technologies towards a more efficient and sustainable plastic recycling.

From the Department of Chemical Engineering and Chemistry researchers Jaap den Doelder, Remco Tuinier and Hans Heuts are involved in POLYNSPIRE. They can appoint a PhD student with their share of the grant. In addition, TU/e spin-off company Ioniqa Technologies is participating in the research project too.

The overall objective of POLYNSPIRE is the optimization of recycling processes for plastic containing materials. The consortium wants to demonstrate a comprehensive set of innovative, cost-effective and sustainable solutions, both for post-consumer plastics as plastic containing waste from industry. They will focus on chemical recycling to recover plastic monomers and valuable fillers (such as carbon or glass fibres), on mechanical recycling processes to enhance recycled plastics quality, and on the valorisation of plastic waste as carbon source in the steel industry.

About Horizon 2020
Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020) – in addition to the private investment that this money will attract. It promises more breakthroughs, discoveries and world-firsts by taking great ideas from the lab to the market.