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Warwick Cross Faculty Plastics Group

Warwick Cross Faculty Plastics Group

Our Vision

The Warwick Cross Faculty Plastics Group (WCFPG) 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, use, and value products that contain polymers.

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Our Goals

The Warwick Cross Faculty Plastics Group (WCFPG) has the aim to provide answers to this and has two ambitious goals:

"Make plastics environmentally sustainable"
"Educate and train transdisciplinary with a STEM+ approach"
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Study With Us

If you want to be at the forefront in making plastics environmentally sustainable and caring for our planet, join us.

The University of Warwick provides an exciting variety of taught (PGT) and research (PGR) postgraduate opportunities in the areas of polymer science and engineering, and global decarbonisation and climate change.

Our transdisciplinary STEM+ approach will train you to become part of a generation of creative, critical, independent and accountable intellectual risk takers. You will be equipped to serve wider society and provide global leadership and innovation in tackling future environmental and sustainability challenges.

Meet the Team

The Warwick Cross Faculty Plastics Group is a STEM+ initiative, and truly multidisciplinary.

We have a fantastic cross-faculty team which includes researchers from Chemistry, Physics, Engineering, School of Life Sciences, the Polymer Characterisation Research Technology Platform, Sociology, Warwick Business School, Warwick Mathematics Institute, Warwick Manufacturing Group, the Warwick Medical School, Statistics, the Centre for Advanced Studies, the Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies, English and Comparative Literary Studies, the School of Cross-Faculty Studies, Global Sustainable Development, and the School of Creative Arts, Performance, and Visual Cultures.

In the Spotlight

Prof. David Haddleton is one of the leading polymer scientists at Warwick University. His spin-out company Medherant Ltd. is leading this break through work.

Sustainable development goals
The Polymer Club - Be part of the solution
Warwick - Way to Sustainable