Frontiers in Science: Breaking the cycle of plastic pollution

Biochemist Taraka Dale discusses the smart cells that could clean up our future

September 1, 2021

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Taraka Dale

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. In this new presentation of Frontiers in Science, 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 article

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Frontiers in Science is a series presented by the Los Alamos National Laboratory Fellows. This episode will launch on the Los Alamos National Lab YouTube channel at 6 p.m. on Sept. 29. To subscribe to the channel, click here.

Wednesday, Sept. 29
6 p.m. 
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