THE CONFERENCE welcomes TANJA FELL, Msc. | Fraunhofer Institute for Process Engineering and Packaging IVV | IVV · Department of Process Development for Polymer Recycling




Tanja Fell holds a Master of Science degree in Food Processing. She works as senior scientist at Fraunhofer Institute for Process Engineering and Packaging IVV since October 2011.

As a member of the group of process development for polymer recycling, there she leads many industrial and research projects in the field of packaging recycling.

She develops processing concepts (recycling concepts) for packaging materials (for petrochemical and bio-based polymers). One of their main tasks is the process development for the separation of composite materials by using the CreaSolv® Process. In addition, she deals with the evaluation of the recyclability of packaging materials and with the reduction of odors in plastic waste or recyclates.

    • Packaging Recycling „Opportunities and Challenges“
    • Packaging recycling (Collecting, Sorting, Recycling-Technologies)
    • Packaging and its challenges during recycling
    • Recycling-friendly packaging design
    • Plastics recycling via CreaSolv® Process (Examples)



Fraunhofer Institute for Process Engineering and Packaging IVV | IVV · Department of Process Development for Polymer Recycling



Mission Statement

The Fraunhofer IVV stands for high-quality food products and safe, effective, and convenient packaging systems. Efficient use of raw materials and minimal environmental impact are priorities in all our development work. We also transfer our technologies and expertise to applications outside the food and packaging industries. Companies and research organizations appreciate the Fraunhofer IVV as a business partner. People are inspired by our research work and the resulting products.

Department: Process Development for Polymer Recycling
Field: Recycling of packaging waste

We use our expertise in process engineering, chemical engineering, and recycling to develop processes for recycling plastic packaging materials and in particular packaging films. In general these films require a complex multilayer structure involving different polymers in order to meet today’s technical and optical demands. Recycling into high-quality individual polymers is not possible using currently available separation technologies. To address this situation, we are using our patented CreaSolv® Process to develop customized solutions for both post-consumer waste and post-industrial waste. This process dissolves the target polymers as mono-materials from the composite film and processes these into high-quality regranulates for use in new packaging materials. In parallel we are developing recyclable packaging solutions and verifying these using commonly used separation technologies.

We are also researching and optimizing the circular economy and/or cascade systems for biopolymers such as PLA

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