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Development of flexible pyrolysis-catalysis processing of waste plastics for selective production of high value products through research and innovation

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Project "FLEXI-PYROCAT" data sheet

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Organization address
city: LEEDS
postcode: LS2 9JT

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 Coordinator Country United Kingdom [UK]
 Project website
 Total cost 634˙500 €
 EC max contribution 405˙000 € (64%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.3. (Stimulating innovation by means of cross-fertilisation of knowledge)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-RISE-2014
 Funding Scheme MSCA-RISE
 Starting year 2015
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2015-01-01   to  2018-12-31


Take a look of project's partnership.

# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    UNIVERSITY OF LEEDS UK (LEEDS) coordinator 184˙500.00
2    UNIVERSITY OF HULL UK (HULL) participant 85˙500.00
3    PANNON EGYETEM HU (VESZPREM) participant 67˙500.00


 Project objective

The Research and Innovation Staff Exchange project aims to develop and maintain long term collaborations between Universities in the European Union with China and Australia. The collaboration is centered around the goal of advancing beyond the current state-of-the-art of wastes pyrolysis through staff exchanges with world-leading researchers in pyrolysis process engineering, catalysis and modelling/simulation. Advancement beyond the state-of-the-art is the innovation of introducing novel catalysts into the pyrolysis process to produce the next generation of advanced thermal treatment technologies for plastic wastes. The technical aim of the project is therefore to develop a fully flexible, integrated pyrolysis & catalyst technology to treat waste plastics to produce high value (i) hydrogen (ii) carbon nanotubes (iii) chemicals or (iv) gasoline, through control of the waste pyrolysis process conditions and the use of novel designable catalysts. Extending the research and innovation to include biomass waste as an additional feedstock. Biomass waste is a major waste source in the EU presenting non-food crop biomass such as, urban waste wood, forestry residues, agricultural residues and the biomass portion of municipal solid waste (paper/cardboard). Extending the project to include biomass wastes further maximises the proposed flexibility of the technology enabling a wider range of polymeric waste materials to be assessed for the production of high value products; (i) hydrogen (ii) carbon nanotubes (iii) chemicals or (iv) gasoline. Also mixing waste plastics and biomass wastes advances the current state-of-the-art of knowledge in high value product production from waste materials. Co-processing plastics and biomass wastes has been reported to enhance the product yield and/or quality of the products, but there is very little research in the area in regard to the production of (i) hydrogen (ii) carbon nanotubes (iii) chemicals or (iv) gasoline Through this proposed AMENDMENT to the GRANT AGREEMENT, we seek to add two additional Universities to join the consortium to support this initiative; - Hebei University of Technology (HEBUT), Tianjin, China, have expertise in advanced in-situ DRIFT (diffuse reflectance Fourier-transformed infrared) reactor and auto-controlled fixed bed reactor are available for fundamental understanding of reaction mechanisms related to the research. The DRIFT system enables studies of the surface chemistry of catalysts, where the temperature and environment of the catalyst can be controlled in-situ. The collaboration will result in exchange of experienced and early career researchers. - The 2nd proposed new partner is BENEFICIARY University of Sheffield, UK (USFD). This request is because Professor Meihong Wang who leads the process modelling Tasks of Work Package 3 and 4 has moved from UHULL to USFD (Effective 1st October 2016). We therefore wish to transfer 15 person months of activity and funding from UHULL to USFD. However, other Tasks related mainly to Work Package 7 will be carried out by existing BENEFICIARY UHULL and therefore they retain funding, but at a reduced level, covering 10 remaining person months of activity.


List of deliverables.
Web presentation learning resource Websites, patent fillings, videos etc. 2019-06-17 15:34:28
WEB site Websites, patent fillings, videos etc. 2019-06-17 15:34:28
Report on waste plastic flows Documents, reports 2019-06-17 15:34:28
Report on catalysts used with waste plastics Documents, reports 2019-06-17 15:34:28
Peer reviewed papers Documents, reports 2019-06-17 15:34:29
Conference presentations Documents, reports 2019-06-17 15:34:29
School children workshops Other 2019-06-17 15:34:29
Workshops Other 2019-06-17 15:34:29

Take a look to the deliverables list in detail:  detailed list of FLEXI-PYROCAT deliverables.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2018 Mohammed Al-asadi, Linda Gombor, Norbert Miskolczi*
Production of Hydrogen Rich Products from Mixture ofPolyolefin and PET over Different Modified ZSM-5 Catalysts
published pages: 1163-1168, ISSN: 2283-9216, DOI: 10.3303/CET1870278
2017 Xiaotong Liu, Yeshui Zhang, Mohamad A. Nahil, Paul T. Williams, Chunfei Wu
Development of Ni- and Fe- based catalysts with different metal particle sizes for the production of carbon nanotubes and hydrogen from thermo-chemical conversion of waste plastics
published pages: 32-39, ISSN: 0165-2370, DOI: 10.1016/j.jaap.2017.05.001
Journal of Analytical and Applied Pyrolysis 125 2019-06-17
2018 Kaltume Akubo, Mohamad Anas Nahil, Paul T. Williams
Pyrolysis-catalytic steam reforming of agricultural biomass wastes and biomass components for production of hydrogen/syngas
published pages: , ISSN: 1743-9671, DOI: 10.1016/j.joei.2018.10.013
Journal of the Energy Institute 2019-06-17
2018 Dingding Yao, Haiping Yang, Hanping Chen, Paul T. Williams
Co-precipitation, impregnation and so-gel preparation of Ni catalysts for pyrolysis-catalytic steam reforming of waste plastics
published pages: 565-577, ISSN: 0926-3373, DOI: 10.1016/j.apcatb.2018.07.075
Applied Catalysis B: Environmental 239 2019-06-17
2017 Yeshui Zhang, Yongwen Tao, Jun Huang, Paul Williams
Influence of silica–alumina support ratio on H 2 production and catalyst carbon deposition from the Ni-catalytic pyrolysis/reforming of waste tyres
published pages: 1045-1054, ISSN: 0734-242X, DOI: 10.1177/0734242X17722207
Waste Management & Research 35/10 2019-06-17
2016 Chunfei Wu, Mohamad A. Nahil, Norbert Miskolczi, Jun Huang, Paul T. Williams
Production and application of carbon nanotubes, as a co-product of hydrogen from the pyrolysis-catalytic reforming of waste plastic
published pages: 107-114, ISSN: 0957-5820, DOI: 10.1016/j.psep.2016.07.001
Process Safety and Environmental Protection 103 2019-06-17
2017 Juniza Md Saad, Paul T. Williams
Manipulating the H2/CO ratio from dry reforming of simulated mixed waste plastics by the addition of steam
published pages: 331-338, ISSN: 0378-3820, DOI: 10.1016/j.fuproc.2016.09.016
Fuel Processing Technology 156 2019-06-17
2018 Dingding Yao, Haiping Yang, Hanping Chen, Paul T. Williams
Investigation of nickel-impregnated zeolite catalysts for hydrogen/syngas production from the catalytic reforming of waste polyethylene
published pages: 477-487, ISSN: 0926-3373, DOI: 10.1016/j.apcatb.2018.01.050
Applied Catalysis B: Environmental 227 2019-06-17
2017 Yeshui Zhang, Jun Huang, Paul T. Williams
Fe–Ni–MCM-41 Catalysts for Hydrogen-Rich Syngas Production from Waste Plastics by Pyrolysis–Catalytic Steam Reforming
published pages: 8497-8504, ISSN: 0887-0624, DOI: 10.1021/acs.energyfuels.7b01368
Energy & Fuels 31/8 2019-06-17
2018 Dingding Yao, Haiping Yang, Hanping Chen, Paul T. Williams
Investigation of nickel-impregnated zeolite catalysts for hydrogen/syngas production from the catalytic reforming of waste polyethylene
published pages: 477-487, ISSN: 0926-3373, DOI: 10.1016/j.apcatb.2018.01.050
Applied Catalysis B: Environmental 227 2019-06-17
2017 N. Miskolczi, T. Juzsakova, J. Sója
Preparation and application of metal loaded ZSM-5 and y-zeolite catalysts for thermo-catalytic pyrolysis of real end of life vehicle plastics waste
published pages: , ISSN: 1743-9671, DOI: 10.1016/j.joei.2017.10.017
Journal of the Energy Institute 2019-06-17
2016 Devy K. Ratnasari, Mohamad A. Nahil, Paul T. Williams
Catalytic pyrolysis of waste plastics using staged catalysis for production of gasoline range hydrocarbon oils
published pages: , ISSN: 0165-2370, DOI: 10.1016/j.jaap.2016.12.027
Journal of Analytical and Applied Pyrolysis 2019-06-17
2017 Soja J., Miskolczi N
Recycling of ELV waste plastics by one-stage and two-stage thermo-catalytic pyrolysis
published pages: 1909-1915, ISSN: 2283-9216, DOI: 10.3303/cet1761316
Chemical Engineering Transactions 61 2019-06-17
2016 Juniza Md Saad, Paul T. Williams
Catalytic dry reforming of waste plastics from different waste treatment plants for production of synthesis gases
published pages: , ISSN: 0956-053X, DOI: 10.1016/j.wasman.2016.09.011
Waste Management 2019-06-17
2017 Egedy A , Zou J , Miskolczi N , Yang H , Williams PT Edegy A., Zhao J., Miskolkzi N., Yang H. Williams P.T.
Kinetic modelling of a pyrolysis-gasification reactor
published pages: 1471-1476, ISSN: 2283-9216, DOI: 10.3303/cet1761243
Chemical Engineering Transactions 61 2019-06-17
2018 Dingding Yao, Yeshui Zhang, Paul T. Williams, Haiping Yang, Hanping Chen
Co-production of hydrogen and carbon nanotubes from real-world waste plastics: Influence of catalyst composition and operational parameters
published pages: 584-597, ISSN: 0926-3373, DOI: 10.1016/j.apcatb.2017.09.035
Applied Catalysis B: Environmental 221 2019-06-17
2017 Kaltume Akubo, Mohamad Anas Nahil, Paul T. Williams
Aromatic fuel oils produced from the pyrolysis-catalysis of polyethylene plastic with metal-impregnated zeolite catalysts
published pages: , ISSN: 1743-9671, DOI: 10.1016/j.joei.2017.10.009
Journal of the Energy Institute 6/year 2019-06-17
2018 Attila Egedya, Norbert Miskoczi, Peng Yuan, Boxiong Shen
CFD based optimization of a NOx reactor
published pages: 691-696, ISSN: 2283-9216, DOI: 10.3303/cet1870116
Chemical Engineering Transactions 70 2019-06-17
2016 Norbert Miskolczi, Chunfei Wu, Paul T. Williams
Fuels by Waste Plastics Using Activated Carbon, MCM-41, HZSM-5 and Their Mixture
published pages: 5001, ISSN: 2261-236X, DOI: 10.1051/matecconf/20164905001
MATEC Web of Conferences 49 2019-06-17
2017 Yeshui Zhang, Mohamad A. Nahil, Chunfei Wu, Paul T. Williams
Pyrolysis–catalysis of waste plastic using a nickel–stainless-steel mesh catalyst for high-value carbon products
published pages: 2889-2897, ISSN: 0959-3330, DOI: 10.1080/09593330.2017.1281351
Environmental Technology 38/22 2019-06-17
2018 Lívia Gyurik, Attila Egedy, Jun Zou, Norbert Miskolczi, Zsolt Ulbert, Haiping Yang
Hydrodynamic modelling of a two-stage biomass gasification reactor
published pages: 1-10, ISSN: 1743-9671, DOI: 10.1016/j.joei.2018.05.007
Journal of the Energy Institute 6 2019-06-17

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