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The goals of TERMINUS include unlocking the recycling of multi-layer packaging via a range of smart enzyme-containing polymers with triggered intrinsic self-biodegradation properties. These polymers act as adhesives or tie layers in the design and manufacturing of multi-layer plastics for food and non-food applications. The technology will be applied to biodegradable PUR-based adhesives for adhesive lamination and extrusion coating lamination, and polymers and tie layers in blown extrusion.
Controlled bio-degradation of these adhesives and tie layers would enable the separation of the different layers of the packaging, which can then be recycled using conventional recycling methods. Increasing the recyclability of multi-layer packaging will significantly aid the efforts of reaching the European plastics and packaging recycling targets, as well as contribute towards the establishment of a circular economy for packaging.
Dr Vincent Verney co-ordinariates the Terminus Horizon 2020 project aimed at designing new recyclable plastic multilayers packaging. Dr Verney leads a team of 13 partners spanning 8 different European countries on “in-built Triggered Enzymes to Recycle Multi-layers: an INnovation for USes in plastic-packaging” with the goal to open a new circular route to plastic multilayers.
Dr Verney is a polymer chemist and rheologist. He received a PhD in macromolecular chemistry from the University Jean Monnet (Saint Etienne) in 1980. He started a full researcher academic career at CNRS France (National Center for Scientific Research) in Lyon and then moved to the French Agency for Environmental Management (Ademe -1994-1997) to work on plastic wastes recycling. In 1997, he created and led a research group “Cycle de Vie des Polymères” working on sustainable plastics by-design at Clermont Auvergne INP _Sigma-Clermont.
Dr Verney’s research is centred on tailored design of environmental plastics from their design to their end of life by minimizing their negative impacts towards natural environment:
He authored or co-authored one international patent and more than 120 articles in international peer-reviewed journals.