Date: 28th of Oct 2020

Professor Thomas Maschmeyer of the University of Sydney and the co-inventor of Cat-HTR™, Mura’s proprietary technology, has won Australia’s prestigious 2020 Prime Minister’s Prize for Innovation!

The award comes in recognition of his work and research into two innovative technologies, including developing a highly efficient way of recycling plastic waste into their constituent chemicals and oils, which can then be re-used in the manufacture of new plastic and other materials. Additionally, he has developed a new solar battery technology.

A catalytic chemist, Professor Maschmeyer is based in the School of Chemistry at the University, and is a member of the University of Sydney Nano Institute. He serves as Principal Technology Advisor on Mura’s development of the Cat-HTR™ to commercial scale.

Our work with the Cat-HTR™ recycling process highlights its ability to effectively recycle all plastic waste, providing a recycling option for the ‘unrecyclable’ plastic waste that currently goes to landfill or incineration.

Professor Maschmeyer said: “It is wonderful to receive the Prime Minister’s Prize for Innovation. It shows that innovation in Australia is having a global impact. As a chemist, creating a new molecule is exhilarating but creating a new process that goes global, is breathtaking.

 The Catalytic Hydrothermal Reactor is a ground-breaking technology that is able to refine plastic waste into a range of usable materials. The exciting thing about this technology is that it was conceived in Australia and will be applied globally to address one of the world’s most pressing problems – that of plastic pollution in our environment, especially in the oceans.”

The whole Mura Technology team pass our many congratulations on to Professor Maschmeyer!


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