Tuesday, 07 May, 12h30 – 13h00, MSG-024, MSSI Building Extension

Recycling Post-consumer Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) into High Value Composite Materials (RePET)

ABSTRACT

Researchers at the Irish Composites Centre (IComp), in University of Limerick’s Bernal Institute, have developed a solution for the conversion of waste plastic bottles into high performance composites for many applications, potentially including car and off-the-road vehicle parts. This advanced research initiative has the potential to have a real impact on solving one of the world’s leading environmental problems – responsible disposal of used plastics – and it has won funding from Enterprise Ireland and the Environmental Protection Agency to further support its development. As well as environmental benefits, the project is also considered to have significant commercial potential on an international basis and IComp is currently seeking a range of industry and commercial partnerships to bring this initiative to the next level.

IComp’s work involves commercialising the recycling of the plastic material polyethylene terephthalate (PET), commonly used for water and soft drinks bottles and other single-use products, through the development of a technology that allows these plastics to be recycled into a high tensile fibre that can then be woven into a fabric. This fabric has the potential to be used in the production of high performance recyclable composite parts.

 ABOUT THE PRESENTER

Dr. Walter Stanley has been researching composite materials for over 25 years, mainly in the areas of composite manufacture and characterisation. He has 30 refereed journal papers, 15 as lead/corresponding author. He has been awarded > €2.5 M in research funding.

DATE:              Tuesday, 07 May, 2019

TIME:               12h30 – 13h00

VENUE:           MSG-024, MSSI Building Extension

Tea/coffee will be available at 12noon

For further information, please contact:  Mohammad.rouhi@ul.ie