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Walmart Foundation grant aimed at reducing plastic waste

potato chips bag on White background An $800,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation to the University of Georgia New Materials Institute will help researchers understand how multilayer plastic packaging biodegrades and also help manufacturers in their attempts to design and select more sustainable materials. The research funded by the...

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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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