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Circular Chemical Engineering

In its transition to a circular economy, society seeks new solutions to reduce its consumption of primary (fossil) feedstock. These are limited, their products damage the environment when being disposed of as waste, and their utilisation for energy production causes global warming. CCE’s main research lines address such feedstock reduction: circular plastics by mechanical recycling and plasma chemistry for electrification of industrial processes. CCE provides education on these themes via the bachelor's programme Circular Engineering, which aims to educate new generations of engineers that can provide such solutions.



    First milestone for Brightsite Plasmalab: converting methane via plasma technology

    Thursday, June 30, 2022

    "The first project recently started, in which we convert methane using plasma technology. The exciting experimental part will now really begin”.

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  • Kim Ragaert

    The new old plastic will soon come from Geleen

    Friday, June 3, 2022

    Will we succeed in changing the system of plastic production and waste? Professor Kim Ragaert laughingly says in this Dutch article in NRC that she is an optimist.

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  • Laura Kollau wins prize

    Laura Kollau wins 'Young Talent and Innovation'-award

    Monday, May 2, 2022

    Assistant Prof Laura Kollau wins 10.000 euros to further her research into more sustainable solvents to make batteries more environmentally friendly, at the Maastricht University Dinner 2022.

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  • Kim Ragaert

    A second chance for plastic

    Wednesday, April 6, 2022

    If we were to replace plastic with paper or glass, would the environment benefit? Surprisingly, no, says professor of Circular Plastics Kim Ragaert. She is calling for an alternative approach aimed at increasing awareness of and knowledge about recycling.

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  • Circular Plastics

    The European plastics system has to change within 5 years

    Wednesday, April 6, 2022

    April sees the release of ReShaping Plastics, a new groundbreaking report which shows us the pathways to a circular, climate neutral plastics system in Europe.

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    Plasmalab takes step towards sustainable chemistry with EZK subsidy

    Thursday, October 7, 2021 Read more
  • Rethinking plastic

    Rethinking Plastic House

    Monday, September 20, 2021

    AMIBM part of 'Rethinking Plastic House' to raise awareness for sustainable plastics.

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Brightlands is an open innovation community in a global context, connecting four campuses in the province of Limburg: in Maastricht, Heerlen, Sittard-Geleen and Venlo. The campuses provide entrepreneurs, scientists and students state-of-the-art facilities to support development, education, innovation and growth. Naturally, there are close links between all four Brightlands campuses, and together they enable Limburg to serve as an innovation region where researchers and entrepreneurs take on the major challenges in the areas of materials, health, food and smart services.

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