Early career researcher Dingding Yao from Huazhong University of Science & Technology, China has spent the last 12 months at the University of Leeds, UK (November 2016-November 2017). She undertook research into the recycling of waste plastics to produce hydrogen and carbon nanotubes. Dingding investigated the use of Ni-Fe catalysts for the catalytic pyrolysis of real-world waste plastics to produce hydrogen and high value carbon nanotubes, the work is to be published in the journal Applied Catalysis B-Environmental. She also worked on the pyrolysis-catalytic steam reforming of waste high density polyethylene for the production of hydrogen using different zeolite supported nickel catalysts. The work has also been submitted to Applied Catalysis B-Environmental for publication. Further work on the influence of catalyst preparation methods on hydrogen production produced valuable insights into maximising hydrogen production from waste plastics.