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!

Plastics recycling with microbes and worms is further away than people think

In this interesting and well-researched article on plastic recycling, "Plastics recycling with microbes and worms is further away than people think - Headlines about plastic-eating organisms belie tough, competitive road to development", Carmen Drahl talks about the facing the challenges, drawbacks, and effort that it takes to come to innovative and workable solutions to plastic waste problems.

It was first published by Chemical & Engineering News on June 15, 2018, and apeared in Volume 96, Issue 25.

Curious? Go read the article here!



New Publication by Our Project Partners!

The scientific Journal article "Plastic Biodegradation: Challenges and Opportunities" was written by Nick Wierckx, Tanja Narancic, Christian Eberlein, Ren Wei, Oliver Drzyzga, Audrey Magnin, Hendrik Ballerstedt, Shane T. Kenny, Eric Pollet, Luc Avérous, Kevin E. O’Connor, Wolfgang Zimmermann, Hermann J. Heipieper, Auxiliadora Prieto, José Jiménez, and Lars M. Blank. It was first published online on March 26th of 2018, and can be accessed via SpringerLink, Springer International Publishing's official Webpage.

Curious? Find out more on our Publications page!


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P4SB Success Story Reported and Tweeted

"Designer bugs for creating greener Plastics" - P4SB's success Story has been shared on the EU Commission's Webpage!

Abstract of the report: "Plastics are desirable because they are very durable and resistant to degradation. Plastic waste is undesirable because of these very properties. EU-funded researchers are designing bacteria to efficiently consume plastic waste and turn it into novel destructible plastic - good for the environment and health."

Interested? Read the full article here!

[Image: related Horizon 2020 tweet]

P4SB holds 6th General Assembly on Majorca!

The 6th General Assembly of the P4SB Project took place this April in Illetas, Majorca.

Special thanks goes to the Guest Keynote Speakers and the Team of EmPowerPutida, who joined P4SB for a meeting, but also to all participants for making it an extremely fruitful and highly enjoyable Meeting for everyone involved! 

[Image: Group Photo taken at the 6th GA]

New Publications by Dr. Wei and Prof. Zimmermann!

P4SB's very own Dr. Ren Wei and Professor Wolfgang Zimmermann have published two highly interesting new articles about our project:

"Microbial enzymes for the recycling of recalcitrant petroleum‐based plastics: how far are we?" was first published in Microbial Biotechnology Volume 10, Issue 6 on 28th of March 2017. You can access it either via the P4SB Website's Publications section or via the DOI.

"Biocatalysis as a green route for recycling the recalcitrant plastic Polyethylene terephthalate" was also published in Microbial Biotechnology Volume 10, Issue 6 on 12th of April 2017. This publication, too, can be accessed both through the P4SB Website Publications section, or using this DOI.


Want to know more? Have a look at the abstract for "Biocatalysis as a green route for recycling the recalcitrant plastic polyethylene terephthalate" on the right!

Millions for EU-funded Projects at RWTH

Great New Article on WDR Website Makes Reference to RWTH's EU-funded Research Projects!

WDR recently published a very interesting short article introducing two current research projects being run at RWTH, both of which receive funding from the EU, and our very own P4SB is among them. Many thanks to WDR for referencing our project!

Curious? Go read the full article in German!

German is not your preferred language? You can find some key points from the article summarized below in English!

Two research Projects focussing on environmental and health issues at RWTH have received EU-funding amounting to an Overall total of 11 Million euros. A main goal in all these projects is to protect and preserve human health and safety, as well as to contribute to protecting the environment and our planet!

One of them is specifically concerned with developing a robot capable of renovating buildings that are contaminated with asbestos. Such a robot could, for instance, remove the carcinogenic asbestos layers on the walls and ceilings of such a building, thereby protecting construction workers from working conditions that would otherwise be hazardous to their health.

The second project is aiming to decompose plastic waste with the help of bacteria and transform it into high-grade bioplastic. As this could positively impact the way plastic is produced and handled and ultimately contribute to reducing the world-wide plastic waste problem.

[Information taken from "11 Millionen Euro für RWTH-Projekte" on the WDR Webpage, public domain image taken from]

RTL WEST reports on EU Projects P4SB and Bots2ReC!

P4SB on RTL WEST Forschung für die Zukunft 2018/01/31

RTL WEST reports on P4SB and its fellow EU funded project Bots2ReC at RWTH Aachen!

Many thanks to RTL WEST for allowing us to publish their report on the P4SB project's YouTube Channel. This Report has an audio track in German, subtitles are available in both German and English.

Congratulations to the two projects' teams!

Interested in learning more? Go check out the video!

Want to know more about Bots2ReC? Visit their Webpage!