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Why I do love science as a woman? Because it is so much fun to recognise patterns and correlations and to understand how everything works. Using this knowledge to protect our environment motivates me every day.

Was ich als Frau an Naturwissenschaften liebe? Muster und Zusammenhänge in scheinbarem Chaos zu erkennen und zu verstehen, wie alles funktioniert. Dieses Wissen zu nutzen, um unsere Umwelt zu schützen, motiviert mich jeden Tag.

Liv Adler is Project coordinator Sustainable Raw Materials / Covestro / Germany
Liv Adler is Project coordinator Sustainable Raw Materials / Covestro / Germany


Dr Liv Adler coordinates the EU-funded project Carbon4PUR, which investigates the use of process gases from steel industry as new raw material for the chemical industry as a contribution to the circular economy.

The consortium of research-oriented industry and application-oriented science has been working together on an interdisciplinary basis since 2017.

The 14 partners of the innovation project are focusing on expanding the technology platform that Covestro first successfully implemented in 2015 for the use of CO2 as new, alternative feedstock for the chemical industry. Now, carbon monoxide (CO) derived from process gases is also to be tapped as a raw material source for circular plastics.

So far, the project is a success story. The gas conditioning process developed by partners in Carbon4PUR delivered promising results at a steel mill. CO and various gas mixtures were successfully converted by Covestro in Leverkusen, Germany, into polyols as intermediates for polyurethanes. And these high-performance materials were upscaled and then tested by project partners on a semi-industrial scale in rigid foams for insulation boards and waterborne polyurethane dispersions for wood coatings.

  • Country: Germany
  • Organisation: Project coordinator Sustainable Raw Materials / Covestro / Germany
  • Social media: Liv Adler
  • Category: Science, research and innovation