SFI Researcher of the Year 2019

Science Foundation Ireland 2019 Science Awards recognise Kevin O´Connor as one of the key leaders in the Irish Research Community

The SFI Researcher of the Year Award recognises the accomplishments of an SFI funded researcher who has contributed significantly to the Irish research community in the year of the award and/or throughout their career. We are happy to let you know that our Principal Investigator Kevin O´Connor from University of Dublin has been named as Researcher oft he Year 2019 for his pioneering work in bioeconomy!

For more Information please go to https://www.sfi.ie/research-news/news/2019-science-awards/index.xml

 

Sopraloop

Turning plastic waste into insulation

Our project partner SOPREMA from France started an innovation for complex PET this year. Check out their solution to turn plastic waste into insulation for Buildings HERE!

SOPREMA creates and develops reliable, innovative and efficient products in response to the demands of the marketplace which are evermore turned towards sustainability. At the beginning of June 2019, SOPREMA opened the SOPRALOOP recycling plant in Strasbourg. In a unique process worldwide, complex PET plastic packaging is recycled so that it can be used again in industrial production.

Get more information about the project: http://www.solarimpulse.com

The Alliance to End Plastic Waste (AEPW) announced a partnership with Project STOP

Project STOP’s city partnership in Jembrana regency was launched in 2019 and is fully funded by the Alliance to End Plastic Waste

The Alliance to End Plastic Waste (AEPW) announced a partnership with Project STOP (https://www.stopoceanplastics.com/) to further scale up the development of more sustainable and circular waste management systems in Indonesia. Through Project STOP, the Alliance aims to dramatically improve waste collection, bring collection services for the first time to households, create permanent local jobs in the waste management industry, and clean up areas littered with plastic pollution.

The AEPW partnership with Project STOP will include the following activities:
• Conduct diagnostic studies to understand how and why plastic waste enters the environment and designing a new, tailored system to combat it.
• Build and supply equipment to scale up waste collection and sorting efforts.
• Hire local workers at living wages and responsible working conditions to manage and staff the new waste management system.
• Partner with local organizations to encourage behavior change at the community level through awareness and educational programs, so more people fully utilize the systems being created to dispose of waste.
• Clean up beaches and rivers in consultation with the local government.

Through their participation in Project STOP over the next three years, the Alliance aims to make a positive contribution to improving waste management in Jembrana and enhancing the livelihoods and development of the community.

Save the Ocean Week

Plastic Pollution in the World's Oceans

The German TV channel Pro 7 will once again include a "Green Seven" theme week. This time it is about the plastic flood in the World's Oceans. "Save the Ocean Week" runs from 14 to 20 Oktober 2019.

The cooperation between RWTH Aachen University together with Pacific Garbage Screening will be presented there!

For more Information, please visit HERE.

Laboratory evolution reveals the metabolic and regulatory basis of ethylene glycol metabolism by Pseudomonas putida KT2440

New Article published in Environmental Microbiology, 2019

The article "Laboratory evolution reveals the metabolic and regulatory basis of ethylene glycol metabolism by Pseudomonas putida KT2440" has been published by Wing-jin Li et al. in the journal of Environmental Microbiology. Environmental Microbiology is devoted to the advancement of our understanding of microbial interactions and microbial processes in the environment, and this article adresses environmental pollution with plastics.

Link to the puplication!

 

Microbes against plastic waste?

These tiny microbes are munching away at plastic waste in the ocean

SCIENCE recently published a very interesting news story titled "These tiny microbes are munching away at plastic waste in the ocean". It was written by Helen Santoro.

Curious? Go check out the article here!

Interview with Lars Blank about "further promotion of P4SB technologies"

Today, Lars talked with Maksymilian Kochański from KETBIO, to share ideas about further promotion of P4SB technologies. P4SB was chosen as one of the most promising Eu projects of recent years. Stay posted as P4SB will be included in the KETBIO project database.

For more Information visit the KetBio-Website

Recently published article by Professors Gert Weber and Uwe Bornscheuer (University of Greifswald) and colleagues

Structure of the plastic-degrading Ideonella sakaiensis MHETase bound to a substrate

To efficiently digest PET, some microbes like Ideonella cary two proteins. One for polymer degradation and one for dimer hydrolysis. The latter enzyme was now crystallized, as reported in Nature Communication by Professors Gert Weber and Uwe Bornscheuer (University of Greifswald) and colleagues.

Want to know more? Read this article here!

 

 

CARBIOS’ Enzymatic Technology to Recycle Complex PET Waste Gets US Patent

Making “Non-recyclable” Waste Recyclable

CARBIOS has received another US patent for its proprietary process of recycling PET plastic waste. This patent application recognizes CARBIOS for its invention of a proprietary method of recycling complex plastics, including colored, opaque and multi-layer products containing a mix of:

  • Polyethylene terephthalate (PET), and
  • At least one additional component (e.g., polyolefins, vinyl polymers, rubber, cotton or nylon fibers, paper, aluminum, starch, wood, etc.).

Curious? Go check out the article here!

Innovative solutions against plastics in our ocean

The Result Packs of the European Commission reported about P4SB recently

P4SB has been in the spotlight of GreenNews Techno N° 290 (in French)!