A polymer materials scientist by background, Kim Ragaert is an associate professor in 'Circular Plastics' at Maastricht University. She leads a multidisciplinary research team of around 15 researchers, working to develop the necessary scientific tools to enable the improved mechanical recycling of plastics. Specific research topics include the quality modeling of (contaminated) recycled plastics, upcycling of mixed solid plastic waste, polymer degradation and multiple recycling, Design for Recyclability, Design from Recycling, WEEE plastics and recycling of multilayer packaging materials. She leads and participates in several (inter)national recycling projects. Amongst others, she is the coordinator of C-PlaNeT (https://www.c-planet.eu/) , a member of HolyGrail2.0 and an associate editor for the high-level journal Waste Management. Prof. Ragaert is the chair of the Plastics to Resource pipeline within CAPTURE (http://capture-resources.be), wherein she creates Circular Plastic synergies with colleagues from 4 different institutes, active in thermochemical recycling, food packaging, sorting/decontamination, policy, consumer behavior and LCA.
She is the 2020 European Plastics Recycling Ambassador.