Dr Chunfei Wu and Miss Hongman Sun visited Hebei University of Technology in December 2017 for 3 weeks and 4 weeks, respectively. They exchanged research ideas and outcomes with the researchers at the School of Energy and Environmental Engineering at the Hebei University of Technology through mini-workshops, which focused on waste treatment, thermal-chemical conversion technologies and carbon capture and conversion. Hull researchers have also been trained to use the in-situ DRIFTs reactor and TGA reactor to carry out catalytic experimental work. Collation in relation to plastics pyrolysis for carbon nanotubes production has also been discussed.
PhD researchers Ella Blanquet and Andrew Dyer from the University of Leeds visited Tsinghua University, Beijing within the period October to December 2017. Ella worked on the development of a novel post-processing system using plasma and plasma catalysis to enhance the quality of hydrogen-rich syngas from waste biomass. An in-house X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS) equipment. The XPS analysis provides information on the oxidation state and composition of the catalyst before and after plasma treatment. Using plasma in pyrolysis of waste processes is a new and quickly evolving technology to produce enhanced products. Andrew worked on an investigation into the gases produced from the interaction of waste plastics and biomass using advanced combined thermogravimetric analysis-mass spectrometry. The information is valuable for the development of how plastics and biomass wastes such as wood and paper interact to influence the product composition from waste biomass and plastics processing.