Kim Ragaert

A polymer materials scientist by background, Kim Ragaert is an associate professor in 'Circular Plastics' at Ghent 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, alongside a variety of industrial partners, policy makers and other academia.

Prof. Ragaert is the chair of the Plastics to Resource pipeline within CAPTURE (, wherein she creates synergies with colleagues active in thermochemical recycling, food packaging, sorting/decontamination, policy, consumer behavior and LCA.

She is a strong advocate for the sustainability of plastics, working to bring fact-based nuance into the public debate on plastics.


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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