01/02/2021. EPSRC funding for a research project on the catalytic degradation of mixed plastics.

The Melville Laboratory for Polymer Synthesis, at the Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge, secured funding for a 1-year Post-Doc to carry out research on the City Oil Field technology. The award, £100,000 GBP, is provided by the EPSRC IAA Partnership Development Award.

The technology, originally imported into the UK by Ever Resource and licensed to Sabien Technology Group PLC, can process mixed end-of-life plastics at low temperatures of 200 – 295 °C. The mixed plastics can include HDPE, LDPE, polystyrene and foams, metallised films and ceramic films – these do not need to be separated, shredded, washed and de-labelled prior to processing. The system can tolerate most impurities including organic waste, oils, metals, glass and more. The products from the process are high-grade fuels (including naphtha and Diesel), and the technology is zero emissions.