Thomas Alexander Mahy is one of the shortlisted Hammerman poster competition finalists – see below the title and abstract for their poster:

Diverting plastic landfill to advanced carbon nanomaterials while maximising conversion and reducing emissions 

Carbon Nanotubes (CNTs) technologies can support a lower waste future by providing stronger, lighter-weight, electrically conductive materials. My research has developed a process that utilises hard-to-recycle plastics as feedstock for the production of CNTs. The method achieves the growth of CNTs from plastics through the direct injection of a plastic slurry into a chemical vapour deposition furnace. A gas absorber system that I constructed will capture emissions to extract valuable carbon components for recycling and re-use, thus improving waste recovery and sustainability. This exciting, unique carbon capture method converts negative waste into a high-value commodity, improving waste recovery and sustainability.