Kim Ragaert

Prof. dr. Kim Ragaert obtained her PhD in Polymer Engineering in 2011. 
She lectures materials science and polymer processing at Ghent University’s  Faculty of Engineering and Architecture, where she holds a tenure track position in the domain of ‘Sustainable Use and Recycling of Polymers and Composites’ at the Department of Materials Textiles and Chemical Engineering (

Her dynamic research team combines a small dozen researchers from the disciplines of mechanical engineering, chemistry and materials science. 
They work to develop the necessary scientific tools to enable the improved mechanical recycling of polymer-based materials. Specific research topics include upcycling of mixed solid plastic waste, modeling of polymer degradation, Design for and from Recycling, micro-fibrillar composites, WEEE plastics and recycling of multilayer packaging materials. She leads and participates in several (inter)national recycling projects, alongside a variety of industrial partners, policy makers and other academia. 

Prof. Ragaert is the chair of the Plastics to Resource pipeline within CAPTURE (, Ghent University’s overarching Resource Recovery platform, wherein she creates synergies with colleagues active in thermochemical recycling, polymer design for recyclability, food packaging, sorting/decontamination and LCA.

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Watch my TEDx talk about Plastics Rehab below!

Check all of my sources for the numbers in this TEDx talk, as well as some further reflections on the topic  TEDx Plastics Rehab sources.pdf