TAG: Biodegrade

A New, Plastic-Eating Bacteria


Students (and friends) Jeanny Yao and Miranda Wang, have recently discovered a bacteria that can degrade phthalates, a common plasticizer. The discovery was made while conducting research as part of the Sanofi BioGENEius Challenge Canada, a national competition in science. All plastic, including the recycle-able varieties, are unable to biodegrade in a landfill. Plastic will break down, sure, but it never truly disperses once in the anaerobic environment of a landfill. Additionally, it will release large amounts of methane as it idly wastes away. Such is also the case with so-called “bio-degradable” plastic. This is a problem when you consider… read more

Electronics That Are Here Today Gone Tomorrow

Electronics That Are Here Today Gone Tomorrow

What if your smartphone was engineered to biodegrade when you wanted an upgrade? Or what if its components could even dissolve when they came into contact with water? That is what a team of investigators from 3 universities have been examining, and they have actually made it a possibility. The U.S. based researchers who developed the technology are from Northwestern University, Tufts University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The research study has been given the name “born to die” and essentially, that is what it is. A new way of manufacturing smartgear and other devices, called transient electronics,… read more