Maria studied physics and finished her PhD in polymer physics in 1993. After a Post-Doc on polymer rheology at UMASS in Amherst she started her professional carrier at DSM Research in Geleen, NL in 1995. After a few years she moved to polypropylene product development working on water pipes and polyolefin based automotive compounds. After 2002 she worked for SABIC and moved 2006 to the business unit polypropylene as technical product manager for STAMAX (long glass PP). After a few years also in automotive marketing she moved back to a research environment in 2010 and started new project portfolios amongst others related to advanced polymeric packaging solutions. In 2015 Maria became Research Fellow at SABIC for material science and application development and coordinates since 2020 global technology efforts on circular economy.
This presentation will show a holistic approach towards circular economy; how do recycling innovations and design for circularity come together in close collaboration between value-chain partners. What are the missing links in order to reduce plastic waste and enable high value applications based on recycled feedstock and enabling better recycling at the same time? How can we close the loop on plastics? Examples of potential approaches and solutions are being shown related to the questions above. A special focus will be given to the analytical challenges related to the characterization of plastic waste and plastic derived oils. What developments are needed to support the petrochemical industry in the quest for circular and low CO2 emitting technologies for the production of commodity polymers.