REPOL-EID -Characterization, compatibilization, processing and properties of recycled polyolefins- is a European Industrial Doctorate project funded by the European Commission under the Marie Sklodowska Curie Actions in Horizon 2020.
The main objective of REPOL-EID is the training of a new generation of PhD students on cutting edge characterization of recycled polyolefins, compatibilization of recycled PP/PE blends through the selection of suitable compatibilizers and the preparation of polymer blend nanocomposites (PBNANOs) based on recycled polyolefin/PET blends and nanoparticles, while exploring innovative processing routes to tailor morphology and properties.
The Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) will be trained to design and produce plastic materials based on post-consumer recycled plastic waste with an innovative up-grade philosophy, while being coached by expert polymer researchers from academia and industry. The ESRs will be offered a high-quality individual and networking training program, following the EU Principles for Innovative Doctoral Training, while strengthening the transfer and exploitation of knowledge for circular plastic solutions. Experts at the interface between polymer science and recycling will be highly needed in the near future.
The REPOL-EID will be established by a consortium of leading European scientists in the academic and private industrial sector of polymer chemistry and materials engineering. The two academic beneficiaries, the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU, Spain) and University of Genoa (Italy), together with Borealis as industrial beneficiary (Austria) will be in charge of the training with a highly inter-sectoral and interdisciplinary approach by combining frontier research projects and industrial applications.