Professor Thomas Maschmeyer
Professor Thomas Maschmeyer is recognised for his work on translating fundamental research into two pioneering technologies. These are poised to transform how we address the need for more efficient commercial waste recycling, and boosting the performance of renewable energy storage.
His Catalytic Hydrothermal Reactor (Cat-HTRTM) converts plastics and renewable wastes into high-value distillable liquids for integration into existing (petro)chemical value-chains. While nature takes millions of years to create fossil feedstocks, Professor Maschmeyer’s reactor takes 20 minutes or less to make sustainable ones, unlocking the circular economy.
His revolutionary zinc-bromide gel batteries promise to make renewable energy cheaper, safer and deployable. This technology is especially suited to hot and remote environments due to its high temperature capability, low fade and tolerance of complete discharge.