This talk deals in the main with the translation of fundamental scientific discoveries in catalysis into commercial reality, focusing on the Catalytic Hydrothermal Upgrading Reactor Technology (Cat-HTRÔ).
This is a catalytic process employing water to convert plastic and biowaste into like-for-like fuel and replacement chemicals. It is a technology designed to help enable a circular economy.
Following on from a general overview, the processing of biomass into biocrude and its further upgrading within various existing refinery streams will be discussed, using model compounds to illustrate a chemical (reaction mechanisms) point of view and using real feeds to present a chemical engineering (refinery processes) perspective.
Then the technology’s application to end-of-life mixed plastics will then be introduced and its economic viability discussed.
About the speaker
Prof. Thomas Maschmeyer, HonDSc FAA FTSE FMAE FRACI FRSN
Thomas is Founding Chairman of Gelion Technologies (2015), Co-Founder of Licella Holdings (2007) and inventor of its Cat-HTRTM technology. He is also the Principle Technology Consultant for Cat-HTRTM licensee’s Mura Technologies and RenewELP. In 2001 he was one of the founding Professors of Avantium, a Dutch High-tech company.
Currently Professor of Chemistry at the University of Sydney, he served as Founding Director of the $150m Australian Institute of Nanoscale Science and Technology. In 2011 he was elected youngest Foreign Member of the Academia Europea as well as Fellow of the Australian Academy of Sciences, the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI) and, in 2014, of the Royal Society of NSW.
He authored 325+ publications, cited 11,000+ times, including 29 patents and has an H-Index of 57. He serves on the editorial/advisory boards of ten international journals and received many awards, including the Le Févre Prize of the Australian Academy of Sciences (2007), the RACI Applied Research Award (2011), the RACI Weickhardt Medal for Economic Contributions (2012), the RACI R. K. Murphy Medal for Industrial Chemistry (2018) the Eureka Prize for Leadership in Innovation and Science (2018) – Australia’s Principle Science Prize – and, most recently, the Federation of Asian Chemical Societies’ Contribution to Economic Development Award (2019).