Bioseniatic℠ Laboratory director discusses research on biologically-degradable materials
Evan M. White, an assistant research scientist at the UGA New Materials Institute and director of the Institute’s Bioseniatic℠ Laboratory, recently talked to WUGA-FM about researching and developing compostable materials designed for single-use packaging. White and his colleagues are developing plastic materials and products that may be broken down and metabolized by microorganisms in a variety of environments, from managed industrial compost to soil or sea water. Their emphasis is on replacing materials and products currently used to make single-use plastics, which comprise roughly 42% of all plastics produced globally, annually.
White explains the difference in materials described as “biodegradable” compared to materials being developed at UGA which are biologically degradable. His interview aired on WUGA’s Athens News Matters on Feb. 7, 2020.