26 September, 2012
International Symposium on Feedstock Recycling of Polymeric Materials (ISFR) is a biennial International symposium focussing on the various processes for the valorisation of polymeric wastes. It aims at bringing together scientists, engineers and other industrial experts from the world to brainstorm on the recent developments in the fields of waste plastic, e-waste and biomass conversion processes. The earlier ISFR events were organized in Japan (Ist ISFR in 1999), Belgium (2nd ISFR in 2002), Germany (3rd ISFR in 2005), Korea (4th ISFR in 2007), China (5th ISFR in 2009), and more recently in Spain (6th ISFR in 2011).
India, a developing nation, faces an ever increasing demand for hydrocarbons and has seen a phenomenal increase in the share of plastics in municipal waste and e-waste in the recent years. The non-biodegradable nature of the plastic waste poses serious problems to the environment and hence, recycling and recovery of polymeric residues is the need of the hour. The agricultural and forest residues can also be effectively utilised for the production of hydrocarbons in a sustainable manner. With this background, the 7th International Symposium on Feedstock Recycling of Polymeric Materials (7th ISFR, 2013) will be held at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi, India from October 23-26, 2013.
The international event has been conceptualised with the objective of providing common platform for sharing the latest developments and exchange of ideas from both scientific and technological points of view. The current scenario of the different processes for the valorisation of polymeric residues (waste plastics, e-waste, biomass, etc.) by their transformation into raw chemicals, fuels, commercial products and/or energy using the thermo-catalytic, chemical and biochemical methods will be discussed. These methods are expected to be highly energy efficient and eco-friendly while providing an attractive profitability that may allow the modern societies to successfully manage the huge and increasing amounts of polymeric wastes that is generated.
The conference aims to cater the needs of various categories of people working in the area of polymeric waste processing. The various obstacles being faced by the researchers from laboratory to pilot scale studies, and the hindrances in the commercial level technologies would be discussed under the same roof in the presence of both the players.
We once again extend a warm welcome and invite you to participate in the 7th ISFR. We hope you would benefit in all possible ways by attending this event in a country with a rich cultural-heritage.
Dr Thallada Bhaskar
7th ISFR 2013