Enval unlocks the potential of high performance materials using a novel recycling process based on microwave induced pyrolysis. Our objective is to deal with waste legacy, address the challenges presented by today’s new materials, and co-create the materials of the future to ensure that recyclability is built-in.
The Enval story began when Professor Howard Chase at the University of Cambridge started investigating environmental applications for the microwave heating of carbon. Joining Professor Chase for his PhD, our CEO Carlos Ludlow-Palafox conducted substantial research into microwave induced pyrolysis for plastics.
The next few years saw a successful worldwide patent application and the founding of Enval Ltd. By 2010 we had constructed a pilot plant and secured significant investment from a syndicate of investors. Following investment from major multinational brands, we began work on the first commercial demonstration plant for the Enval process.
Board of Directors
Martin has more than 25 years’ experience in the compound semiconductor materials industry. As an active business angel, Martin has invested in twelve early-stage companies in the technology sector. He serves on the Board of several companies, many of which are commercialising novel technologies for producing or processing materials.
Dr. Carlos Ludlow-PalafoxCEO
Carlos graduated with a degree in Chemical Engineering from the Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico City and came to the UK to do his PhD at the University of Cambridge. He specialised in microwave induced pyrolysis and how it could be used to recycle complex waste streams. After his PhD, he continued to develop the process, obtaining a patent for the recycling of laminated packaging before founding Enval in 2006.
Professor Howard ChaseNon-executive Director (R&D)
Howard has held the position of Professor of Biochemical Engineering at the Department of Chemical Engineering at Cambridge University since 2000. He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and a Fellow of the Institute of Chemical Engineers. In 2005, Howard and Carlos won the Cambridge University Entrepreneurs’ Business Creation Competition and founded Enval Ltd.
Hugh ParnellNon-executive director
Hugh qualified as a chartered accountant in 1978, and since then has worked for British Petroleum, Robert Fleming and Co, Dresdner Kleinwort Benson and NW Brown in diverse positions based around strategy, planning, MI, marketing and corporate finance. As a real evangelist for cleantech, Hugh is Chairman of Cambridge Cleantech and has a large network of contacts in this area, serving on the Board of several environmental technology companies.
Peter BriggsBoard Observer
Peter is a businessman and entrepreneur based in Norwich, and founder of Sinclair International Ltd, the world leader in the production and supply of produce labelling systems. He is a member of Cambridge Capital Group involved with a number of startup and angel investments. He is a board member in several high growth companies and was in the past board member of Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital NHS Trust.