About Us

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.

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Board of Directors

Martin Lamb

Martin Lamb


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.

Carlos Ludlow-Palafox

Dr. Carlos Ludlow-Palafox


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.

Howard Chase

Professor Howard Chase

Non-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 Parnell

Hugh Parnell

Non-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 Briggs

Peter Briggs

Board 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.


Enval is currently supported by a range of investors, including:

If you would like to discuss investing in our company, please get in touch at investor.relations@enval.com

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Enval Consulting provides environmental consultancy services to businesses that require a clear understanding of the impact of their products, packaging and processes. We specialise in life cycle assessment and offer value and insight to our clients that goes well beyond compliance.

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CIWM awards 2014
The Hunts Post Business Awards 2013
Finance for the Future awards 2013
ACES 2011