Mr James Stewart

Job: PhD student

Faculty: Arts, Design and Humanities

School/department: School of Design

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH

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Personal profile

A professional history within product development and compliance in the plastics and coatings industry. Involved with the development of extrusion coating and other melt recycling methods for a variety of post-industrial and post-consumer waste materials. This exposure in industry has provided the ideas for PhD research and the potential for up-cycling flexible film waste.

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Research interests/expertise

Plastic extrusion, security printing and development of laminates for security applications. Reuse of plastic wastes and development of recycled fibre.


BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science and Chemistry, University of the West of England
MSc Advanced Materials Technology, University of Surrey

PhD project


Preparation and Recycling of Post-Consumer Food Packaging for Yarn and Fabric Formation


Research will investigate the process of up-cycling flexible, dry food packaging to create a yarn and fabric ensuring the value of the plastic material properties are maintained. Preparation, cleaning and characterisation of the constituent materials from the post-consumer waste stream and the effects of these preparation methods on the melt process for fibre production will be explored.

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