Recycling of polymers from collected ocean/beach plastics
Maria Moubarak is an early stage researcher for C-PlaNet, working on ESR 15 project “Recycling of polymers from collected beach and ocean plastics” in the research group Smell and Aroma Research at Friedrich-Alexander University in the department of Chemistry and Pharmacy in Erlangen, Germany. She focuses on applying physical and chemical technologies to characterize beach and marine plastics based on their composition, presence of contaminants and physical/mechanical properties. The objective of her research is to recover high-quality polymers from marine and/or beach plastics by identifying suitable collection systems for marine and beach plastic feeds. Target polymers are extracted from the bulk and cleaned thoroughly using innovative recycling technologies such as solvent-based purification and enrichment processes. Additionally she evaluates chemical recycling, particularly because mechanical recycling might prove to be infeasible.
Maria obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Balamand in Lebanon in 2017. She then obtained her Master’s Degree in the same field from Politecnico di Milano in Italy in 2020. In her master thesis she worked with polymer composite compounding for wire and cable applications focusing on chemical resistance, mechanical performance and flame retardancy as key properties.
Maria likes to learn a new musical instrument every once in a while but guitar remains her main passion. She enjoys reading, meditation and outdoor activities.