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Frontiers in Science: Breaking the cycle of plastic pollution

Sep 29, 2021 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Micaela Hester
(505) 396-1648
Public Event

Event Description

The plastic we use today in staggering amounts takes more than 400 years to degrade, but imagine if it could be replaced with a sustainable, environmentally friendly version?

Los Alamos National Laboratory’s biochemist Taraka Dale believes it’s possible - and soon. Dale will explore how the Lab and its partners are using R&D 100 award-winning smart microbial cell technology to upcycle today’s plastic trash and design degradable plastics for the future.

This groundbreaking work is part of the Department of Energy’s new Bio-Optimized Technologies to keep Thermoplastics out of Landfills and the Environment, aka the BOTTLE program. You can learn about smart microbial cells in this recent 1663 magazine article.

Have a question about this fascinating topic that you would like Frontiers in Science to answer? Send your question to mhester@lanl.gov by Sept. 6.

Frontiers in Science will launch on the Los Alamos National Laboratory YouTube channel at 6 p.m. on Sept. 29. To subscribe to the channel, click here.