GREEN CHEMISTRY: Tackling the plastic pollution challenge?

Guest Panellist

Dr. Mark GronnowProcess Development Unit Leader - Biorenewables Development Centre (York)

Time & Location

Wednesday: 10.15 to 11.15, Stage 1

About this session

The session will explore emerging technologies addressing the plastics pollution problem. It will consider topics such as: the role of bio based plastics, the potential for chemical recycling, and innovative plastic substitutes.

Crucially, we will address current confusion over terminology (biobased, biodegradable, compostable), the challenge language poses to industry and how this is being addressed.

10.00 – 10.15:  

KEYNOTE:  Dr Sarah Hickingbottom, CEO of BioVale sets the scene with an introductory talk

10.15 – 11.15:

PANEL DISCUSSION plus Q&A: Tackling the plastic pollution challenge?

Panellists include:

Dr. Mark Gronnow –  Process Development Unit Leader, Biorenewables Development Centre (York)

Dr. Ir. Willem Sederel, Chair, Biobased Delta (Netherlands)


Panellist Bio

Dr Mark Gronnow leads the Process Development Unit at the Biorenewables Development Centre (BDC) The York based facility is an open access scale up and demonstration centre with over 25 staff and £8m worth of equipment.  He specialises in helping businesses and researchers develop their ideas from discovery to pilot scale.  His primary research interests are in adding value to biomass and waste material, bioenergy and microwave processing.