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Warwick Cross Faculty Plastics Group

Warwick Cross Faculty Plastics Group


Vision and Aim

The Warwick Cross Faculty Plastics Group brings together the people at Warwick who have wide expertise in the education and research of one of the most widely debated materials of the 21st century: polymers. Whereas hailed as wonder materials in the 1920s-1980s, polymers have become a victim of their own success two-fold: (1) Most of the synthetic polymers are made from a petrochemical feedstock, and (2) what to do with polymers at the end of a products life?

The UN Sustainable Development Goals and the Planetary Boundaries make one thing clear, if we want our planet and us to survive. We have to make a radical change in how we manufacture, consume, and value products that contain polymers.

The Warwick Cross Faculty Plastics Group has the aim to provide answers to this and has the ambitious goal to:

"Make plastics environmentally sustainable."

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UN Goal 5: Gender EqualityUN Goal 10: Reduced InequalitiesUN Goal 17: Partnerships for the Goals


The Warwick Cross Faculty Plastics Group is a multidisciplinary cross-faculty team which includes researchers from Chemistry, Engineering, School of Life Sciences, Sociology, Warwick Business School, Warwick Manufacturing Group, the Warwick Medical School, and the Centre for Advanced Studies.

Meet our team of lead scientists.

UN Goal 4: Quality Education

Study with Us

Warwick provides an exciting variety of taught and research postgraduate opportunities in the area of polymer and colloid science. If you would like to be at the forefront in making plastics environmentally sustainable then join us.

Taught MSc in Polymer Chemistry

Taught MSc in Polymer Science

Research MSc (1 year, check out our people and contact them directly)

MSc and PhD by research opportunities

The Polymer Club

UN Goal 9: Industry, Innovation and InfrastructureUN Goal 12: Responsible Consumption and ProductionUN Goal 17: Partnerships for the Goals

Our Events

Polymer Club Autumn 2022 Meeting: 22 Nov: Making Polymers Environmentally SustainableThe Polymer Club is an exciting and vibrant consortium where the Warwick Cross Faculty Plastics Group meets with industry, UK government, charities, and other third party organizations. It was launched in 2013 at the University of Warwick and its aim is to promote research and education in the area of polymer science, technology, engineering, and manufacturing. Membership is free to all third party organizations with an interest in plastics/polymers.

More information on the Polymer Club.

UN sustainable Development Goals

UN Sustainable Development Goals

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015, provides a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future. At its heart are the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are an urgent call for action by all countries - developed and developing - in a global partnership. They recognize that ending poverty and other deprivations must go hand-in-hand with strategies that improve health and education, reduce inequality, and spur economic growth – all while tackling climate change and working to preserve our oceans and forests.

2022 The Updated Nine Planetary Boundaries

Planetary Boundaries

The planetary boundaries concept presents a set of nine planetary boundaries within which humanity can continue to develop and thrive for generations to come. More information can be found externally.Link opens in a new window