Faculty of Science and Technology, Chemistry
Single-use coffee cups are lined with polyethylene that is typically derived from non-renewable fossil fuel feedstock. This lining also makes them difficult to recycle. The primary aim of my research is to develop novel polymeric materials from renewable sources that can be used as a compostable coffee cup lining. My project works collaboratively with Colin, a PhD researcher within in the management school, who is exploring the barriers and prospects that next generation plastics face in society. Within this, we will both critically evaluate the design, creation and implementation of safer and more sustainable plastic material use.