Together towards circularity: Materials and technologies

The transition towards a circular economy is leading to major changes in the chemical industry. Our vision of becoming fully circular, sets the stage for an insightful talk about circularity. In this highlight talk, we address challenges and potential for drop-in solutions from a renewable materials perspective. We’ll also discuss more sustainable solutions from different angles such as the scientific and industrial perspective and showcase sustainable approaches and applications from the industry. Additionally, we survey innovations such as climate-neutral polycarbonate with real-world examples.

Take a peek into the future of sustainable materials and join our talk!


Jochen holds an MBA from Edinburgh Business School, and an LL.M. from the University of Applied Sciences in Cologne. He started at Bayer AG in the Engineering Plastics Division, which brought him from Germany to the UK, India, Malaysia and Thailand and later to responsibility for Eastern Europe and MEA. Since 2015, he has been leading Global Marketing Mobility for plastics at Covestro.
Michael Carus is physicist, founder and managing director of the nova-Institute. He has been promoting the Circular Economy for 30 years, amassing expertise in biomass feedstock, bio-based chemistry, polymers, plastics and composites, as well as recycling. He is considered one of the leading experts on bio- and CO2-based solutions in Europe, with a focus on the industrial use of renewable carbon.
Nick Abbatiello is Senior Distinguished Engineer at DELL Technologies’ Experience Innovation Group, who joined DELL after working 12 years for GE Plastics. His interest in materials grew while studying mechanical engineering and manufacturing engineering. He is currently developing material strategies for DELL’s 2030 Progress Made Real sustainability goal promoting the Circular Economy.
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