A while ago I wrote a quick piece exploring the use of algae to produce bacterial-based bioplastics. While this blog tends to focus more on the academic side of research, it’s important to appreciate that in order to gain large-scale importance, research does at some point need to venture out of a purely academic environment and delve into the world of companies and industrial research.
Ivan Goloborodko is one of a team of three people from Sydney currently looking into a more commercial and large-scale application of bioplastics; the production of bioplastic bottles. I got in touch with him to talk more about this project, as I’m always fascinated by how science can be applied in real world situations once it leaves the lab.
Keywords: waste products, timber industry, long term effects, health effects
Source: Blogs Scientific American, 2011-11-30.