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RELICARIO project Team 

Vanessa AMARAL

She obtained her PhD in Materials Science and Engineering from the Grenoble Institute of Technology (France) in 2016. During her thesis, she worked in a collaborative work between the French Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) and ECM Greentech on the optimisation of a new crystal growth method of silicon for photovoltaic applications. At Extracthive, she is in charge of the exploitation of Extracthive Chemical Products the chemical branch of Extracthive, and is the project leader of PHYre.



He obtained his PhD in Materials Chemistry from the University Paris VI (France) in 2005. After a post-doctoral stay focusing on metal substitution in catalytic applications at the Max-Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces in Potsdam (Germany) he joined the French Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) in 2007 where he held several positions all related to separative chemistry, from basic research up to process development. In 2015 he co-founded Extracthive where he acts as the CEO. Frédéric possesses a strong expertise in solvothermal and ionothermal process development.

Matthieu Gras

He obtained his PhD in Materials Chemistry from the Grenoble Institute of Technology (France) in 2018. His research activities were focused on the development of an innovative recycling process of Nickel Metal Hydride batteries in collaboration with a French SME, Recupyl. At Extracthive, Matthieu currently acts as the Research & Development manager.



Graduated in chemistry from IUT of Montpellier. He develop since 2017 his management skills thanks to his master's degree "managemant of innovation and creation of innovative company" at IAE of Montpellier. He joined Extracthive on a work training program in october 2018. 

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Extracthive is the lead partner of the project that developed and patented the proposed solution to recycled CFRPs. With an extensive technical know-how on extraction processes, Extracthive will lead the technical aspects linked with the design, optimization and operation of the demonstration unit to obtain recycled carbon fibres.




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Veolia has a large experience in the recycling of end-of-life products. In the project, Veolia is responsible to ensure feedstock collection for recycling. Their R&I team works as well on the limitation and treatment of residues generated in the process.

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Prof. Wim VAN PAEPEGEM is leading the research group "Mechanics of Materials and Structures" at Ghent University in Belgium (UGent-MMS). The group counts 3 professors and about 30 doctoral and postdoctoral researchers. The research is focussed on experimental and computational mechanics and nondestructive testing of fibre-reinforced composites.

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PostDoctoral researcher at Ghent University. He has more than 10 years of academic background in studying mechanical behavior of composite structures and smart materials. His research mainly focusses on prediction of the effective behavior of short fiber reinforced composites (SFRCs). Ehsan is highly inspired to combine his studies with experimental investigations and apply his knowledge for much more explorations in analysis of SFRCs.


PhD student of Ghent University who focusses on the material characterisation and test method optimisation for composite material. She gained experience with internships at University of Dresden, Germany and SP in Sweden and can apply this knowledge since three years in Ghent. Her enthusiastic, open attitude brings people together and her perfectionism helps to orient even tiny fibres straight in single fibre samples.

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Senior postdoctoral researcher working in the group of "Mechanics of Materials and Structures" at Ghent University in Belgium (UGent-MMS). His area of expertise is mechanics of composite materials with more focus on damage mechanics of continuous and short fiber composites and stability of thin-walled structures. He is interested in developing analytical models for predictions in a relatively short period of time about how structures will behave.


The research group “Mechanics of Materials and Structures” of Ghent University is led by Prof. Wim Van Paepegem and counts about 30 staff members among which 2 professors and around 25 researchers. The UGent-MMS group has several custom-made experimental setups and state-of-the-art numerical tools for characterizing composites. In this project, UGent-MMS group works on impact, fatigue and non-destructive testing and characterization of fibre reinforced composites, as well as on the multiscale modelling of material performance.



Research engineer, PhD in chemistry and process engineering, 58 years old, 18 years at COGEMA/Areva, then 14 years at CEA. He has particpated to the development of several processes in strategic metals recovery and since 5 years involved at full time in techno-economic and LCA studies, both for the electronuclear cycle, energy transition and valuation projects with European partners.


Vincent BLET

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The French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission participates on the design of the demo-unit, on the characterization of by-products generated in the process, and on Life-Cycle Analysis and Techno-economical aspects of the process.





MAIER is one of the leading decorated plastic component supplier with up to 2,400 employees in 8 countries and global sales around 300 M€. Besides its production facilities, its technical centre (MTC) has more than 110 employees that carry out R&D projects and support the developments for OEMs and equippers. In RELICARIO, Maier will take part in design, engineering, prototype and manufacturing of injection tools, final component characterisation, and technical and economical assessment for further industrialisation.



Doctor of Chemical Sciences and teacher of the Polymer Engineering degree at Lea-Artibai since 1996. Responsible for the Lea Artibai campus at Mondragón Unibertsitatea from 2002 until 2008 and member of the research group `Lightweight´ of Leartiker. He has participated in more than 20 national and international projects focuses on the design, manufacture and characterization of thermoplastics, rubbers, thermosets and composites, development of new materials via compounding of both synthetic polymers and biopolymers, improvement of mechanical, thermal and durability characteristics. He has previous experience in projects for the replacement of metal parts and rubber with thermosetting and thermoplastic matrix composites.


Jose Javier EGURROLA

Bachelor in Chemistry by the Basque Public University (1998), Erasmus internship in the University of Utrecht. Polymer Engineering degree teacher since 1998 in Lea Artibai Ikastetxea (London Metropolitan University). Technical director of Leartiker in the field of Polymers since 2008. He has participated in more that 25 local, national and international research projects coordinating parts of them. Member of the managing board of Addimat during 2016/2017.


Graduated in Chemistry in 2018. His degree thesis was on “cathodic materials for sodium-ion batteries for its application in energy storage systems”. Subsequently, he obtained his master´s degree in New Materials in 2019 with a thesis based on “cathodic composite materials for sodium-ion batteries”. Currently, he is starting his PhD at Leartiker, working in the "development of  recycled carbon fiber reinforced plastics for its application in automotive industry” under the direction of Ricardo Hernandez.


Leartiker Scoop is a technological centre specialized in Polymer Technology which mission is the valorisation of the R&D activity and the adequate transfer to the companies. The role of Leartiker in this project is the design and formulation of compounds containing recycled carbon fibres, and the characterization of those compounds in collaboration with Ghent University. Finally, in collaboration with Maier, Leartiker will make prototypes of composites using recycled carbon fibers.

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