The UGA New Materials Institute conducts ongoing research to develop new materials and plastics replacements that completely break down and return to nature when discarded, and that are safe for people, animals and the planet.
We also conduct ongoing research to evaluate the types of plastics that have accumulated in our environment, their impact on our environment, and their potential impact on our health.
Some of our recent studies are below.
Ingested Micronizing Plastic Particle Compositions and Size Distributions within Stranded Post-Hatchling Sea Turtles — Environmental Science and Technology, 2018: 52 (18).
The Chinese import ban and its impact on global plastic waste trade — Science Advances, 2018: 4 (6).
Biodegradation of Poly(3-hydroxybutyrate-co-3-hydroxyhexanoate) Plastic under Anaerobic Sludge and Aerobic Seawater Conditions: Gas Evolution and Microbial Diversity — Environmental Science and Technology, 2018: 52 (10).
Production, use, and fate of all plastics ever made — Science Advances, 2017: 3 (7).
Plastic waste inputs from land into the ocean — Science, 2015: 347 (6223).