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Prof. Dr. Andreas Jupke
Prof. Dr. Walter Leitner
Faculty / Institution:
Mathematics, Computer Science and Natural Sciences, Mechanical Engineering
Societal Challenges
Project duration:
01.10.2021 to 30.09.2025
EU contribution:
15.756.499,01 euros
  EU flag This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 101036854.  


Systemic expansion of territorial CIRCULAR Ecosystems for end-of-life FOAM


Polyurethane foams are used widely in large-scale applications – from carpet underlay to vehicle interiors. Rigid forms of the foams are effective insulation materials used in construction: roof and wall insulation, insulated windows, doors and air barrier sealants. Mountains of toxic polyurethane end up in landfill. The EU-funded CIRCULAR FOAM project will reverse this trend. Specifically, it will develop a cross-sectoral systemic solution for the circularity of high-performance plastics from diverse applications. The waste streams will be upcycled chemically and valorised to become new virgin-equivalent feedstock for the chemical industry to produce new high-performance plastics.


  • Bayer MaterialScience AG, Germany (Coordinator)
  • Interseroh Dienstleistungs GmbH, Germany
  • BT-Wolfgang Binder GmbH, Austria
  • Flooring Industries Limited S.a.R.I., Luxembourg
  • Electrolux Italia S.p.A., Italy
  • Circularise B.V., Netherlands
  • BioBTX B.V., Netherlands
  • Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, Netherlands
  • Technische Universität Dortmund, Germany
  • Stichting Hogeschool van Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Stichting Nederlandse Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek Instituten, Netherlands
  • Uniwersytet Ekonomiczny We Wroclawiu, Poland
  • Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich, Switzerland
  • Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Angewandten Forschung e.V., Germany
  • Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany
  • Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH, Germany
  • Gornoslasko-Zaglebiowska Metropolia, Poland
  • Park Naukowo-Technologiczny Euro-Centrum Spolka z Ograniczona Odpowiedzialnoscia, Poland
  • Iznab Spolka z Ograniczona Odpowiedzialnoscia, Poland
  • DECHEMA Gesellschaft für Chemische Technik und Biotechnologie e.V., Germany