Fraunhofer IVV participating in EU plastics project
The multidisciplinary research project "Circular Plastics Network for Training" (C-PlaNeT) was approved in May 2019 within the framework of the H2020-MSCA-ITN-2019 Calls for European Joint Doctorates, with funding of almost 4 million euros. In total, 15 doctoral students in the area of chemistry, process engineering, sociology, and economics from 8 European universities along with 23 non-university partners (including Plastics Europe, Ellen MacArthur Foundation, DOW, Adidas) reportedly will take on the challenge of considering the complex topic of the circular economy of plastics from a holistic point of view. The Fraunhofer IVV is participating in the project in collaboration with the Chair of Flavor and Smell Research at the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany and the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS. The project is said to begin at the start of 2020.
Focus on decontamination
In order for recyclates produced from plastic packaging waste to be used as a secondary raw material for high-quality consumer products, it must be ensured that the materials are free of contaminants. There is hence much interest in developing suitable in-process sensors to detect contaminants. Chemical diagnostics in recycling is however still underrepresented. In collaboration with the Fraunhofer IIS as a non-university partner, the consortium also wants to therefore identify possible means for chemical detection. The Fraunhofer IVV, Fraunhofer IIS, and the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg are not only project partners but also partners in the Campus of the Senses initiative (www.campus-der-sinne.fraunhofer.de) and are in an excellent position to detect odorants and tackle these complex challenges.
"The focus in recycling must not solely be on recovering valuable materials but must increasingly be on removing contaminants. Our task is also to identify hitherto undetected substances,“ says Prof. Andrea Büttner, Deputy Institute Director and Head of the Sensory Analytics department at the Fraunhofer IVV.