WG5 Leaders


Jean-Marie Raquez
WG5 co-leader
University of Mons
Mariacristina Cocca
WG5 leader
Institute for Polymers, Composites and Biomaterials CNR



WG5 – Remediation, recovery and development of sustainable alternative to plastic materials- aims to identify reuse, recycling, and recovery alternatives for environmental plastics and to define technological approaches for new recycling and recovery alternatives. The WG5 activities are focused on topics related to the development of prevention/mitigation/remediation strategies to reduce the presence of macro-, meso, micro and nanoplastics in the environment. WG5 will consider different approaches from the improvement of recycling process and technologies, the usage of natural and biodegradable polymers as alternative to traditional polymers, up to bioremediation and mitigation actions based on the optimization of advanced oxidation process, membrane and coating technologies, etc.


Subgroups and subgroup leader

Subgroup 1 – Mitigation approaches

Leader: Patricia Garcia-Muñoz, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Madrid, Spain (

Subgroup 2 – Detection procedures

Leader: Carlos Espinoza-González, Centro de Investigación en Química Aplicada, Saltillo, México (

Subgroup 3 – Analytical tools

Leader: Marco Milanesio – Università del Piemonte Orientale, Italy (




Completed or ongoing activities

The TRAINING SCHOOL – Micro and nanoplastic pollution: detection and mitigation, present and future challenges associated to the 3rd International Conference on Microplastic Pollution in Mediterranean Sea, μMED (28-30 September 2022) in Naples, Italy, Partenope Congress Center was organized as a hybrid event including participation both in presence and online thus allowing the participation of more than 51 participants per day.

The School has offered an overview on methods and techniques under investigation to early career researchers, to allow them to develop innovative solutions to detect and mitigate microplastics contamination. The school was organised by the Local committee constituted by researchers of the Institute for Polymers, Composites and Biomaterials of the National Research Council of Italy (IPCB CNR) and it was supported by the Cost Committee including all the Management Committee members.

The abstracts of the trainees were collected in a e-book edited by Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche IPCB/DSCTM © Cnr Edizioni, anno 2022 Piazzale Aldo Moro, 7 – 00185 Roma ISBN 978-88-8080-365-2 (electronic edition).


Future/planned activities


State of the art
WG5 participants