Scientists have really hit the headlines in this past year … we are extraordinarily lucky to have these dedicated women and men searching for new ways to help us …
I’m highlighting three and their teams …
… a start-up, Polymateria, at Imperial College have developed a form of polyethylene plastic that is biodegradable and recyclable:
- it breaks down in 226 days, leaving behind a harmless sludge …
- recycled it can be turned into flower pots or pellets …
- it is a new material that is “attractive” to microbes and fungi: which naturally breaks down.
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Secondly … there’s this inspirational Indian-born metallurgist, Professor Veena Sahajwalla,now based at the University of New South Wales … who has opened the world’s first e-waste microfactory – where alloys are extracted from electronic devices;
- she is also working on converting waste materials, such as plastic and glass, into ceramics.
- As the Professor states: “Waste is not a problem to be managed”, … it is an opportunity to be explored.
She is getting closer to developing a way of making steel without the need for coal “green steel”.
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While an extra … is Bill Gates’ March 2021 TED talk … with the 7 ‘short’ videos on Howto Avoid a Climate Disaster … informative to see – while Gates’ TED talk is outstanding … he highlights ‘the green premium’, which Professor Veena Sahajwalla is working on …
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