Aimplas

AIMPLAS, Technological Institute of Plastics located in Valencia, is a private, non-profit Association with more than 650 associated companies created in 1990.

AIMPLAS is formed by +170 highly skilled professional, more than 65% with a Masters, Engineering or equivalent degree in Chemistry, polymer engineering, materials engineering or equivalent, including 22 PhD.
AIMPLAS’ fields of work are related to technological research and development on thermoplastic and thermosetting plastic materials & products, its transformation processes and their recyclability and sustainability. AIMPLAS generates new knowledge and technologies that can be transferred to companies in order to help them to increase their effectiveness and competitiveness.

AIMPLAS has a broad expertise in the fields of recycling, compatibilization, reactive extrusion, biopolymers and renewable source materials, special assisted processing technologies and nanocomposites, gained during the last years in the frame of EU and national projects. Nowadays, Nowadays, AIMPLAS has participated in 100 EU projects in FP5, FP6, FP7, LIFE+, CIP-EcoInnovation, H2020, among others, coordinating more 40 of them. In H2020, AIMPLAS is participating in more than 30 projects, coordinating half of them. Outstanding LIFE projects were celebrated at the Green Awards ceremony in Brussels on 30 May 2017, BREAD4PLA – with AIMPLAS as a coordinator – was honored as one of the two most exceptional LIFE projects of the programme’s 25-year history. At National and Regional levels AIMPLAS participates in around 100 projects yearly.
AIMPLAS, as RTO is focused on helping companies in the plastic sector to develop new products and increase their competitiveness through innovation, has more than 20 pilot plants representing the most relevant polymer/plastics/composites production technologies present in the industry nowadays and has state-of-the art test facilities for chemical, optical, morphological, mechanical and physical characterisation. These pilot lines and laboratories are used by many customer’s every year allowing them to test new materials, optimize production processes and launch new products to the market, supported by AIMPLAS technical staff, resulting in more than 5000 assays, 170 technical assessments and 120 training actions to more than 1500 clients per year. AIMPLAS has 10,500 m2 state-of-the-art facilities, including thermoplastics and thermoset pilot plants, analysis and testing laboratories (physical-mechanical, chemical, packaging, automotive and construction) and training areas.
AIMPLAS is member of several international networks and organizations, such as ECP4, AESICOM or BIC and standardization committees (ISO and CEN).

Work Package

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Team

Sandra Colina

Project Manager

She has a Masters in Project Management from the Polytechnic University of Valencia (Spain) and has English Proficiency having lived and worked in the UK for 3 years and carrying out activities in this language through her whole professional experience. Actual R&D Project Manager at the Plastic Technological Centre (AIMPLAS) since July 2021. but her career is supported by 15 years of experience in Project Management (Administrative management in more than 322 projects at national and regional level in Spain during 2007 and 2022, and more than 31 European projects during 2012 and 2022, 14 of them in European projects within the construction sector) and Dynamization of R & D, project engineering, organizing events and organizational activities and promoting innovation in different sectors (construction, having worked in AIDICO Construction Technological Institute and KERABEN GRUPO SA, health sector among others). She has taken part in European projects (in technical and administrative management) like ECOEFISHENT H2020-GA101036428, NONTOX H2020-GA820895, DESTINY H2020-GA820783, ICEBERG H2020-GA869336, LIGHTCOCE H2020-GA814632, FISSAC H2020-GA642154, DREAM H2020-GA723641, ADNATUR LIFE12 ENV/ES/000265, DAPHNE FP7-GA314636, LIGHT2CAT FP7-GA283062, SAM.SSA FP7-GA296006, NANOMATCH FP7-GA283182, AXIOMA FP7-GA211624, MESSIB FP7-GA211624 among others.

Belén Monje

Main Researcher

Based on her knowledge in organic chemistry acquired inthe synthesis of 3-oxa-guayanolides, she continued her professionalcareer at AIMPLAS from 2003 to 2017 in the field of characterization of polymers, theexecution of technical support to companies in the plastics sector as well asin different research lines participating in more than 60 projects as the technical responsable in a revelant number of them. In 2006 she received a TorresQuevedo Fellowship. In 2018 she promoted as responsible for the SynthesisDepartment of AIMPLAS and now she is the Chemical Technology Group Leader.Among her main research lines,it can be highlighted the development of prostheses and asphalt mixtures that incorporate plastic waste,synthesis of biopolymers from waste, reactive extrusion, enzymatic polymerization, chemicalrecycling… Examples of projects are: “Biomacromolecules frommunicipal solid bio-waste fractions and fish waste for high added valueapplications” (DAFIA) H2020 BIOTEC, ID: 720770-2, “Novel packaging films andtextiles with tailored end of life and performance based on bio-basedcopolymers and coatings” (BIONTOP) H2020 BBI ID: 837761, “MSW Bioethanol plantwaste as feedstock for chemical building blocks” (PERCAL) H2020 BBI ID: 745828…Her teaching activity has been very relevant with more than 60 courses taughtand more than 400 teaching hours. She is member of the Technical Committee ofthe AENOR Technical Committee of Normalisation number 53 related to plasticsand rubber and she is expert in REACH Regulation (Reg. No. 1907/2006).

Carmen Primaz

Researcher

Doctorate from the Polytechnic University of Valencia (UPV) in Engineering and Industrial Production with a double degree in Materials Science from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), Brazil, cum laude and international mentions (2018). Currently she is completing a Master’s Degree in Sustainable Chemistry from the Polytechnic University of Valencia (UPV) and has been hired at AIMPLAS since September 2021 as a Technician in the Chemical Technology cell. Her main line of research work is sustainable chemistry and the recovery of waste (biomass) through a wide variety of processes, such as thermochemical processes. In the period between February 2020 and June 2022, she was hired as a Superior Technician with a Doctorate Degree by the Polytechnic University of Valencia (UPV), where she participated in the LIFE-LIBERNITRATE RESPONSIBLE REDUCTION OF NITRATES IN THE COMPREHENSIVE WATER CYCLE project. (LIFE16 ENV/ES/000419).