Author: Kat Gilmore

PHA development project featured in PRISM

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text]Jason Locklin, director of the UGA New Materials Institute, recently talked to PRISM, the American Society for Engineering Education’s magazine, about the advantages and challenges of working with PHA, and how PHA can displace conventional plastics currently used...

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Kastner, Jim

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column width="1/4"][vc_single_image image="2161" img_size="full" qode_css_animation=""][/vc_column][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_column_text] Jim Kastner Associate Professor College of Engineering Website | Google Scholar jrk@uga.edu Catalytic reaction engineering, renewable fuels and chemicals.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text] [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]...

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Royal statistic of 2018: 90.5% of plastic not recycled

[caption id="attachment_1887" align="alignright" width="255"] Jenna Jambeck[/caption] A finding from University of Georgia research has been named the 2018 International Statistic of the Year by the Royal Statistical Society. CNN International interviewed the College of Engineering’s Jenna Jambeck, who worked with colleagues at the University of California,...

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UGA New Materials Institute joins NSF-funded Center for Bioplastics and Biocomposites

[caption id="attachment_2142" align="alignright" width="200"] Jason Locklin, director of the UGA New Materials Institute, addresses attendees at the CB2 planning meeting held on the UGA campus in early 2018.[/caption] Athens, Ga.­­ – The University of Georgia New Materials Institute has been awarded a grant as the third...

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Micronizing ocean plastics threaten sea turtle populations, ocean life cycle

[caption id="attachment_2138" align="alignleft" width="300"] This loggerhead post-hatchling was rehabilitated and released by the Loggerhead Marinelife Center. The vial contains plastic that was excreted by the sea turtle during its stay at LMC in 2017. Photo provided by Loggerhead Marinelife Center.[/caption] Ingestion of degrading ocean plastics likely...

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UGA to test first fully biodegradable plastic straw

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text] [caption id="attachment_2129" align="alignleft" width="200"] This PHA resin is bio-based and fully biodegradable. The formula will be used to create a prototype for the world's first fully biodegradable plastic straw. Photo by UGA/Dorothy Kozlowski.[/caption] A research team that includes partners...

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A novel ‘smart’ approach to metabolic engineering

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text] [caption id="attachment_2127" align="alignleft" width="300"] Yajun Yan is an associate professor in the UGA College of Engineering and the New Materials Institute.[/caption] Inspired by natural processes, UGA researchers used a genetic toolkit to build a metabolic sensor and control network...

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Recycling in U.S. is becoming more expensive, due to China and ‘dirty’ recycling

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text]The global waste management market is shifting and the change is beginning to negatively impact the recycling industry in the United States. In Maine, a town in Hancock County plans to stop curbside recycling on Sept. 1, following...

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Study: PHA is an eco-friendly alternative to petrochemical plastics

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text]A recent study from the UGA New Materials Institute found that polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA) material is an eco-friendly alternative to petrochemical plastics and effectively biodegrades in aerobic or anaerobic environments, such as a landfill, waste treatment facility or the...

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NMI’s Jambeck talks to NPR

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column width="1/4"][ultimate_spacer height="5"][vc_column_text] [caption id="attachment_2121" align="alignleft" width="206"] Jenna Jambeck is co-director of the UGA New Materials Institute and an associate professor of environmental engineering.[/caption]   [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_column_text]Jenna Jambeck talked to NPR about her quest to help people comprehend the world's plastic...

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