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university industry co operation leading to successful innovation

University-industry co-operation: leading to successful innovation

Professor Marianne Gilbert, Institute of Polymer Technology and Materials Engineering, Loughborough University, UK

pvc activities at loughborough

PVC Activities at Loughborough

PVC Innovation Centre

pvc innovation centre

PVC Innovation Centre

Aims to provide the highest quality research and development, networking and training for the world-wide PVC community

pvc innovation centre established november 2003

PVC Innovation Centre –established November 2003

Who we are:

Prof Marianne Gilbert Dr Les Holloway

Prof Brian Brooks Dr Dave Hitt

Dr Paul Fleming Stuart Patrick

Barry Haworth Dr Noreen Thomas

pvc innovation centre5
PVC Innovation Centre

What we offer:

  • Research and Development programmes
  • Consultancy services
  • Training resources
  • Networking opportunities
research and development
Research and Development
  • Dedicated research projects
  • Product development
  • Sponsored research studentships
  • Joint research grant applications
  • MSc projects
  • Market research
  • Company strategic planning
consultancy services
Consultancy services
  • Specialist advice
  • Product assessment
  • Equipment hire & material/product testing
networking opportunities
Networking opportunities
  • Network development
  • Education and recruitment initiatives
  • International research project awareness
training resources
Training Resources
  • Full-time and part-time MSc programmes
  • External PhDs
  • In house dedicated training sessions
  • Short Courses
  • Conferences/seminars
  • Industrial placements
pvc training course content
Introduction to polymer science and technology


Science of PVC

PVC processing

Manufacturers and markets

Role of key additives

Material characteristics

Product performance

Applications of PVC-P and PVC-U

Sustainability and environmental aspects

PVC Training Course- Content
next pvc training course
Next PVC Training Course!
  • Third course 5 – 9th September 2005
  • Short Course or part of Materials for Industry post graduate programme
  • Polymerisation reactor
  • Processing, rheology and sample preparation
  • Loughborough Materials characterisation Centre
  • Mechanical testing
new equipment
New equipment
  • PVC twin screw extruder
  • Dry blending equipment
  • Haake torque rheometer and extruder
  • Raman spectrometer

The VinylSUM Research Network

Established April 2004

  • EPSRC network for the sustainable use of materials funded April 2004 – March 2007
  • Organised by the Institute of Polymer Technology and Materials Engineering (PVC Innovation Centre) based at Loughborough University
  • Dr Noreen Thomas, Professor Marianne Gilbert are Investigators with Stuart Patrick the co-ordinator
objectives i
Objectives I
  • To establish a forum for an industry-wide discussion of the research required to improve the sustainable use of PVC
  • To review research work already completed and that still in progress to find the knowledge gaps in terms of materials processing, additives and properties.
objectives ii
Objectives II
  • To develop an approach for a full evaluation of sustainability issues on a life cycle basis, and set up a modus operandi in which the whole industry works together to achieve the objectives for sustainable use which can then be applied to other polymers
  • To become a source of impartial information to all stakeholders

IPTME, Loughborough University

CES (University of Surrey)

IRC, Bradford University

Wolfson Centre, Brunel University

Biocomposites Centre, Bangor University


Hydro Polymers

British Plastics Federation

European Council of Vinyl Manufacturers

European Council for Plasticisers

and Intermediates (ECPI)

European Stabiliser Producers

Association (ESPA)

The Natural Step (TNS)

Costdown (Recycling)

literature review topics i
Literature Review Topics I
  • General PVC references, recent reviews
  • Additives – general
  • Additives – stabilisation
  • Additives – plasticisers
  • Additives – plasticiser issues
  • Chemical modification
  • Fire retardants and smoke suppressants
  • Life cycle assessment
literature review topics ii
Literature Review Topics II
  • Nanocomposites and related topics
  • Polymerisation
  • Processing
  • Processing – foams
  • Products
  • Recycling and waste treatments
  • Resins and compounds
  • Sustainability
  • There has been extensive work, with the majority of the published literature being Patents (primarily from German based companies) on possible organic based stabilisers for PVC
  • A particularly interesting development is the work carried out by Starnes on plasticiser thiols*

*W. H. Starnes, J. Vinyl & Additive Tech. (2001) 7 250-253

  • Phthalate plasticiser replacements are still attracting attention, includingbenzoates, citrates, Hexamoll, and Mesamoll
  • Blending with elastomers still of interest
  • There is still very little research being published on plasticisers from natural / renewable resources
methods used to reduce plasticiser migration
Methods used to reduce plasticiser migration
  • Surface modification
  • Nanocoats
  • Hybrid coatings
  • Polymeric plasticisers
life cycle assessment
Life Cycle Assessment
  • PVC sustainability issues
  • Life Cycle assessments of PVC covering overall studies, windows, flooring, cable, pipe and use in packaging, textiles and automotive areas, also production, additives and end of life
  • Environmental issues associated with PVC
  • Recycling and waste treatment issues and methods including re-use, mechanical and chemical recycling, incineration and landfill
improving sustainability of pvc through novel materials processes and life cycle methodologies

Improving Sustainability of PVC through Novel Materials, Processes and Life Cycle Methodologies

N L Thomas, M Gilbert,

B Haworth (IPTME, LU) and

A Azapagic (CES, UniS)

sustainable processing for rigid pvc novel processing routes for post consumer recyclate

Sustainable Processing for Rigid PVC: Novel Processing Routes for Post-Consumer Recyclate

B Haworth (IPTME, LU) and

A L Kelly (IRC, Univ. of Bradford)

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