Great new Article about the "Little Helpers in the Battle against Plastic"

The popular science journal "Hörzu Wissen" recently published a very interesting article about the "little helpers in the battle against plastic". It offers a well-researched window in current approaches the the issues of plastic waste, and also includes an interview with P4SB's very own Professor Blank!

The article was written by Manuel Opitz and was published in the fifth Hörzu Wissen issue of 2018.

 

Curious? Find out more on the Hörzu Wissen Homepage (in German)!

New Publication by Our Project Partners!

Alexander P. S. Darlington, Juhyun Kim, José I. Jiménez, and Declan G. Bates recently published the new P4SB-related article "Engineering Translational Resource Allocation Controllers: Mechanistic Models, Design Guidelines, and Potential Biological Implementations". It was first published on October 15, 2018 in ACS Synthetic Biology. ACS Synthetic Biology is published by the American Chemical Society, and available via their webpage.

Curious? Go read the article here!

P4SB Presents at Symposium for Biotechnology and Chemistry for Green Growth!

P4SB's Professor Lars Blank has recenly presented the project at the Green Growth Symposium in Awaji, Japan, on 10th and 11th of September 2018. The JSPS Japanese-German Graduate Externship International Symposium "Biotechnology and Chemistry for Green Growth" was part of the Japanese-German Graduate Externship Program.

 

Want to learn more? Visit the Symposium Webpage!

Visitors from Taiwan!

On the 5th of September 2018, five students from Taiwan visited RWTH's Istitute of Applied Microbiology, where they met with some of our project's members. The 5 visiting students, who had won a Competition from the Taiwanese Ministry of Education with a proposal on biodegradable plastic, spent a day at RWTH as part of a study trip through Germany. The aim of this trip was to learn more about the science and technology of biodegradable Plastics, and to ultimately use the newly gained knowledge to help reduce the plastic pollution in Taiwan. 

All the best of luck to these young innovators in their studies and future careers! 

Ren Wei Presents at 9th International Congress on Biocatalysis!

At the 9th International Congress on Biocatalysis, P4SB's Ren Wei gave a presentation on "Biocatalytic degradation of synthetic polymers with thermophilic bacterial polyester hydrolases". 

The Congress took place from 26th to 30th of August 2018 in Hamburg, Germany. Congratulations to all involved!

 

Want to know more about the 9th International Congress on Biocatalysis? Go visit their webpage

 

Great Article about Plastic Recycling in Britain!

The BBC has recently published a great article about recycling regulations and practices in Great Britain.

"All the plastic you can and cannot recycle", written by Wesley Stephenson, gives an interesting account of current recycling practices, their problems, and offers up an idea of what might change in the future.

 

Curious? Go read it on the BBC Webpage!

Wing-Jin Li Wins Award at EBC-VII + ISBE-2018 Joint Conference!

P4SB's very own Wing-Jin Li has received a „Best oral presentation award by a graduate Student” at the Joint conference EBC-VII + ISBE-2018 in Chania, Crete. Wing-Jin was awarded the second place for her presentation "engineering Pseudomonas putida for plastic monomer utilization".

Congratulations!

 

 

[Image: Wing-Jin Li giving her Award-winning presentation]

The Ocean Cleanup Is On Its Way!

The amazing non-profit organization "The Ocean Cleanup" has launched its first cleanup system, a passive cleaning system taking advantage of natural oceanic forces to facilitate plastic collection and removal. The very first such system, nicknamed 'Wilson', has been launched on Saturday, 08.09.2018 from San Francisco Bay.

Congratulations to all involved and all the best of luck!

 

Curious about the launch? Watch it here!

Want to know more about The Ocean Cleanup? Go visit their Website!

 

[Image Credit: The Ocean Cleanup, Erwin Zwart]

New Publication by Our Project Partners!

The jounal article "Engineering Pseudomonas putida KT2440 for efficient ethylene glycol utilization" was written by Mary Ann Franden, Lahiru N. Jayakody, Wing-Jin Li, Neil J. Wagner, Nicholas S. Cleveland, William E. Michener, Bernhard Hauer, Lars M. Blank, Nick Wierckx, Janosch Klebensberger, and Gregg T. Beckham. It was first published in Metabolic Engineering, Volume 48 in July 2018.

Congratulations to everyone involved!

Interested in learning more? Find this article on our Publications Page, or access it via its DOI!

 

Microbial enzymes for the recycling of recalcitrant petroleum-based plastics: how far are we? among 20 most downloaded articles in Microbial Biotechnology!

Microbial enzymes for the recycling of recalcitrant petroleum-based plastics: how far are we?, published in Microbial Biotechnology, was one of the journal’s top 20 most downloaded recent papers!

The article was published by Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Zimmermann and Dr. Ren Wei in 2017.

 

 

As of year-end 2017 this article has been downloaded 3476 times.

Congratulations to all involved!

Curious? Find out more about this article on our publications page!