Workshop on Pyrolysis and Gasification of wastes & Biomass attracts researchers from all over the world

A two-day workshop on the pyrolysis and gasification of wastes and biomass attracted ~30 researchers from all over the world. The workshop from 30-31 March 2017 was held at the University of Hull, UK and was organised by Dr Chunfei Wu, the lead FLEXI-PYROCAT researcher at the University of Hull. Delegates from academia and industry presented their work on the application of pyrolysis and gasification for the processing of wastes and biomass for the production of fuels, chemicals and materials.

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Researchers from the partner Universities of the FLEXI-PYROCAT project were prominent, presenting their research from the project (from left to right- Dingding Yao (Huazhong University of Science & Technology, China); Paul Williams (University of Leeds, UK); Meng Liu (Southeast University, China); Norbert Miskolczi (University of Pannonia, Hungary); Ningbo Gao (Xi’an Jiaotong University, China); Meihong Wang (Sheffield University, UK); Chunfei Wu (Hull University, UK) Xiang Gou (Hebei University of Technology, China)).

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Kelvin School students visit the University of Hull, March 2017

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A group of school students visited the University of Hull in March 2017 where Dr Chunfei Wu explained the FLEXI-PYROCAT project.  The outreach activity involved an explanation of the current practice of managing waste plastics in the European Union where large amounts of waste plastics are landfilled, or burnt in incinerators or exported out of the EU. This represents a waste of resource.  Dr Wu explained the importance of the research and innovation involved in the FLEXI-PYROCAT project and the aim of producing high value products from waste plastics in the form of hydrogen, carbon nanotubes, gasoline and chemicals.

Major outreach activity features FLEXI-PYROCAT at the 2017 Leeds Science Festival, UK

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The 2017 Leeds Science Festival UK in March, featured the ‘Be Curious 2017’ event at the University of Leeds and attracted great interest from the public with interactive displays and presentations of research and innovation.  The theme of this year’s event was to highlight the benefits of research and innovation for the Leeds City area and Yorkshire.  Large crowds attended the event with exhibits from all departments within the University showcasing; improving lives in Yorkshire through science and engineering; how culture enriches lives in Leeds and Yorkshire; how climate change and water research benefits Leeds and Yorkshire; Leeds as a sustainable city; towards a healthier Yorkshire

The festival featured the FLEXI-PYROCAT project on recycling waste plastics to produce high value products. The exhibit highlighted how different waste plastics used in every-day objects can be recycled to produce valuable end-products such as carbon nanotubes, hydrogen or gasoline.  FLEXI-PYROCAT researchers were on hand to explain the research to the public highlighting the EU Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action project and the exchange of early career and experienced researchers with partners in China and Australia.

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News in IChem Journal

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The Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) is the global professional membership organisation for chemical engineering professionals and anyone involved with the process industries. The Chemical Engineer is the UKs Institution IChemE’s flagship publication – a long established magazine with a circulation in excess of 40,000 copies per issue. The magazine is freely available to members, covering the latest chemical engineering industry and research news from around the world, including in-depth articles, technical features and opinion-led pieces.

The November 2016 issue of the magazine featured the research arising from the FLEXI-PYROCAT Project highlighting the production of hydrogen and carbon nanotubes from waste plastics.