Delft University of Technology is the first established, largest, and most comprehensive technical university in the Netherlands. With over 13,000 students and 2,100 scientists (including200 professors), it is an establishment of both national importance and significant international standing. Renowned for its high standard of education and research, the University collaborates with other international educational establishments and research institutes. It also enjoys partnerships with governments, branch organizations, numerous consultancies, the industry, and companies from the small and medium business sectors.

The research group involved in C2CA is the Resources & Recycling chair of the Section Materials and Environment. Resources & Recycling is a research group with strong links to the minerals processing and recycling industry (Polyolefins, PET, PVC, WEEE, Car recycling, household waste, C&DW, Sludge drying, Soil cleaning Coal, Ore processing) as well as to fundamental science. In the last two National research visitations as an independent group in 1996 and 2000, it was twice ranked Excellent. The group’s ambition is to create technology breakthrough’s by applying fundamental science into innovative processes and apply them in a collaboration with equipment and process industry. PhD projects are largely sponsored by SME industries and rely on theoretical insights and modelling, strongly backed by experiment in the group’s laboratory and in pilot plants. Besides C2CA the Resources & Recycling group is successfully leading a FP7 project on polyolefins recycling (W2Plastics) in collaboration with other twelve European partners. W2Plastics has got positive comments from the EC reviewers and an important part of the technology has already been licensed to the SME recycling company Sepureration B.V.

The Resources & Recycling group explores the fundamental physics of recycling, with the aim to create a scientific foundation of the field and possibly, from there, breakthroughs and innovations in waste processing. This approach led to a number of successes such as patented new process concepts and some spectacular developments in the practice of recycling, e.g. the economic recovery of gold and silver from household waste and the classification of most building wastes at millimeter cut size, opening the door to the reuse of aggregates from EOL concrete into new concrete. Large plastics recycling companies are sponsoring projects aiming at producing secondary plastics raw materials to produce high value products.

The ultimate goal of the Resources & Recycling group approach is to achieve a conceptual understanding of waste that can serve as the backbone of the field of solid waste recycling, enabling engineers to predict and control the performance of a broad range of recycling processes. In this effort, Resources & Recycling joins forces with fundamentally oriented European research groups in materials science, math and physics.

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