Worldwide, there are enormous landfills full of discarded products such as carpets, mattresses and furniture. That's a pity, the materials go to waste and pollute the environment. But it can be done.
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Maastricht University launches new bachelor’s degree focused on circularity: ‘A new way of thinking’
Maastricht University is launching a new bachelor's degree, Circular Engineering, this coming academic year. Students learn to develop technical solutions for the transition to a circular economy.
Basic molecules as ingredients in medicines, among others, can be made more sustainable in Europe using flow chemistry, contends Rinus Broxterman CTO of InnoSyn.
ETB Catalytic Technologies is working towards making the chemical industry more sustainable. The start-up produces in a green way butadiene, a component for synthetic rubber, among other things.
"Today you might claim that something can't be done; tomorrow you'll see possibilities," says Frank Kuijpers, SABIC's corporate sustainability manager. This Thursday, he will give a virtual lecture.
"The urgency is widely recognized, but the European construction industry has not yet been able to work out a systematic approach."
"This award is important in the transition to a more sustainable world and in the fight against climate change."
Frank H. Chen and Quinlyte represent the start-up story that is rarely shared
Cell therapy producer Lonza cultivates anti-cancer drugs on the Chemelot campus from the cells of patients' bodies. In five years time, automated factories in hospitals should be able to do this too.
Niaga makes fully recyclable carpets. Each carpet comes with a code that you can scan when the carpet has been worn out, it is then collected by the manufacturer for recycling.
Chemical engineers at Arlanxeo in the Dutch city of Geleen have proven that the rubber production based on sugar cane has a much lower CO2 footprint than that of petroleum-based rubber.
Xilloc in the Dutch town of Geleen manufactures 3D-printed implants for the human body out of plastic that living tissue reacts well to. Hospitals from all over the world are placing orders.
‘The Chinese and Americans are knocking on the Dutch town of Geleen’s door to test innovative chem tech’
The former site of DSM in the Dutch town of Geleen has been converted into the innovative materials campus Brightlands Chemelot. It also has a pilot plant for producing oil from old sawdust.
Proteins from CO2, hydrogen and micro-organisms as a basis for sustainable animal feed - to start with